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John Kokko of MMM Group presents on recommissioning buildings for the Toronto Certified Sustainable Building Advisor Program

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    • RECOMMISSIONING: The Low Cost Way to Improved Building Performance CaGBC Building Advisor Program October, 2012 John Kokko, P.Eng., CCP, LEED AP jkokko@enermodal.com 519-743-8777 x2424
    • RECOMMISSIONINGLearning Objectives ► Understand the RCx process ► Appreciate RCx costs and benefits ► Know how to prepare RCx goals and objectivers ► See how RCx fits within LEED EB: O&M
    • RECOMMISSIONINGWhat is Building RCx ► Taking existing building systems and getting them working as best they can ► A systematic process for review and implementation of mainly operational improvements ► Bring building performance in line with current requirements and expectations
    • RECOMMISSIONINGWhat Does RCx Do? ► Reviews all building energy related systems including: ► Controls, HVAC, Building Envelope, Electrical, Plumbing ► Improves the operation of existing systems and equipment ► Includes implementation of low cost / no cost measures ► Identifies capital cost improvements ► Provides both energy and non-energy benefits
    • RECOMMISSIONINGWhy RCx? ► Higher than acceptable energy costs ► Escalating maintenance costs ► Significant occupant complaints ► Building use has changed ► Building is > 5 years old with no RCx ► Retrofits have been made with no RCx ► Staff turnover with minimal training of new staff
    • RECOMMISSIONINGRCx vs. Energy Audit
    • RECOMMISSIONINGSample RCx Findings RCx opportunities found during walk-through: ► Outdoor air on rooftop at 80% when it should be 20% ► Heating coil and cooling coil operating simultaneously ► RTU constantly cycling between heating and cooling ► VFD pump with throttled discharge valve ► Lighting and ventilation on in the middle of the night ► Building doors blowing open due to over-pressurization ► Piping that was hot when it should be cold ► 3 compressors turning on and off simultaneously ► Water storage tanks set higher than boiler output ► Humidifier dumping water whenever setpoint reached
    • RECOMISSIONINGRCx Process in a Nutshell Planning Phase: ► Pre-Screening: Benchmarking, selecting building(s), defining goals & objectives ► MILESTONE: Approval to proceed to Scoping ► Scoping: Select RCx provider, preliminary investigation, RCx plan ► MILESTONE: Approval to proceed to Investigation Phase Investigation: ► Kick-off, in-depth investigation, document findings and present recommendations ► MILESTONE: Approval to proceed to Implementation Phase
    • RECOMISSIONINGRCx Process in a Nutshell Implementation: ► Implementation plan, implement measures, verify improvements ► MILESTONE: Owner accepts Implementation Report Hand-Off: ► Final RCx report, on-going / next RCx plan, staff training ► MILESTONE: Provider holds Hand-Off Meeting Finally: ► Persistence measures and long-term benchmarking
    • RECOMISSIONINGInformation and Materials Recomissioning Guide for Building Owners and Managers canmetenergy.nrcan.gc.ca/eng/rcs.html ► Recommissioning Guide ► Pre-Screening Tool ► Benchmarking Tool ► Case Studies Other Resources: ► Peci.org/resources/commissioning.html ► ASHRAE ► LEED EB: O&M
    • MMM GROUP LIMITED PLANNING
    • RECOMMISSIONINGIdentify Candidate Building
    • RECOMMISSIONINGSet RCx Goals and Objectives Energy Issues: ► Reduce energy consumption by 15% annually IEQ Issues: ► Reduce occupant comfort complaints by 50% Operational Issues: ► Update O&M documentation and provide staff training, needed to maintain performance
    • MMM GROUP LIMITED INVESTIGATION
    • RECOMMISSIONINGBenchmarking – Energy Star
    • RECOMMISSIONINGUtility Bill Breakdown Base Case Energy End UseTwo years 1% 3% utility data Exterior Electric (1%) 6% Electric Hot Water (3%)Modeling used to identify load 35% 14% Fan Electric (6%) breakdown Lights (14%) Cooling Electric (19%) 19% Plug Loads (22%) Space Heat Electric (35%) 22%
    • RECOMMISSIONINGEnvelope Air Tightness and Thermal Bridging
    • RECOMMISSIONINGLighting ► Indoor lighting 2x4 T-12 Troffers at 2.4 W/ft2 with minimal zoning. Discoloured lenses , low light levels ► Outdoor lighting and signage remains on 24 hr/day due to malfunctioning timer
    • RECOMMISSIONINGHVAC ► Electric heaters in ceiling space above boardroom and other offices on 3rd floor running continuously ► Economizer not operational due faulty to sensor and broken damper linkage
    • RECOMMISSIONINGAir and Heat Delivery ► Non-powered diffusers, some inoperable, others mismatched masters and slaves ► Electric baseboard heaters operating at the same time as cooling due to excessively high t’stat control setting
    • RECOMMISSIONINGIncentives Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP) – OPA ► For retrofit of existing facilities focuses on lighting, motors, HVAC and overall electricity savings ► Chiller Re-Commissioning Enbridge Gas Retrofit Incentives ► Provides up to $0.10 per m3 of natural gas saved for saving measures based on projected first year gas savings. Union Gas Run it Right ► Provides 100% of implementation costs up to $5,000 ► Plus up to $3,000 to provide monitoring showing savings 21
    • RECOMMISSIONINGNext Steps ► Review of recommendations, costs, and paybacks with owner ► Owner decides which options to accept and which to reject ► Has hired 3rd party PM firm to oversee installation ► Next steps will be retrofit of lighting, air handlers, and other capital cost items ► RCx will then include Cx of newly installed systems and remainder of RCx items
    • MMM GROUP LIMITED COSTS AND BENEFITS
    • RECOMMISSIONINGApproximate RCx Costs► Planning ~$5,000 to $8,000► Investigation, Implementation, and Hand-off $1.40 to $10.84/m2 for the total RCx process depending on:  Building size  Project scope  Complexity of systems  Subcontractor requirements  Up-to-date  Implementation involvement Documentation  Owner involvement  BMS data availability► External consultant costs range from 35% to 71% of total costs
    • RECOMMISSIONING Issues Identified with RCxTop Cumulative Savings Measures and % of Savings Key Measure Mix % of Total Savings Revise control sequence 21% Reduce equipment runtime 15% Optimize airside economizer 12% Add / optimize SAT reset 8% Add VFD to pump 6% Reduce coil leakage 4% Reduce / reset DSP setpoint 4% Add / optimize optimum 3% start/stop Add / optimize CWST reset 2% A study on Energy Savings and Measure Cost Effectiveness of EBCx Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. Dec 15th, 2009
    • RECOMMISSIONING Applicability of RCx MeasuresComparison of key measure mix to building attributes Building Attribute Percent of savings achieved Sub-Category through key measure mix Building Type Large Office 72% Hotel/Motel 64% Building Size 0-200 73% 200-350 55% 350-550 69% >550 69% Building Age <1920 63% 1980-1989 72% 2000-Present 71% Climate Zone 3B 77% 3C 78%
    • RECOMMISSIONINGEnergy Savings and Payback
    • RECOMISSIONINGAdditional RCx Benefits Protect of enhance property value: ► Maintain high occupancy rates ► Reduce tenant turnover ► Gain marketplace competitive edge Protect against future liability: ► Reduce potential for sick building syndrome ► Identify and address indoor environmental issues Reduce repair and replacement costs: ► Increase equipment life ► Reduce maintenance requirements ► Reduce comfort complaints
    • RECOMMISSIONINGValue of Non-Energy Impacts Reported NEIs for 36 projects in existing buildings (USA) For typical 1% commercial 5% Liability (1%) buildings 5% Change Orders & Warranty Claims (5%) ≈ $1.61 to $3.23/m2 7% 33% Productivity/Safety (5%)Median value: 10% Ongoing Labour Cost (7%) $1.94/m2 Other First Cost (10%) Indoor Air Quality (17%)Range: 17% Thermal Comfort (21%) $1.08 - $4.84/m2 21% Equipment Life (33%) Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, “The Cost Effectiveness of Commercial-Buildings Commissioning,” December 2004.
    • MMM GROUP LIMITED OTHER CASE STUDIES
    • RECOMMISSIONING Office Tower - WinnipegCourtesy NRCan: www.canmetenergy.nrcan.gc.ca/eng/rcx.html
    • RECOMMISSIONINGAdult Ed Centre, Sherbrooke, QCCourtesy NRCan: www.canmetenergy.nrcan.gc.ca/eng/rcx.html
    • RECOMMISSIONING 1 Savings verified 12 months after implementation of the RCxCase Studies measures and weather-normalized. 2 Monetary savings don’t include non-energy impacts (NEIs) such as equipment durability or reduction of tenant complaints. 3 Includes all 4 phases costs of project Savings Items Office Winnipeg Ed Center Sherbrooke Energy Savings1 (GJ/yr, %) 6,652 GJ (25%) 763 GJ (12%) % Natural Gas; % Electricity 75% NG; 25% E 84% NG; 16% E Financial Savings2 ($/yr) $59,000/yr $13,300/yr 363 t/yr 42 t/yr GHG Reduction (t CO2 e/yr) (66 cars) (8 cars) Simply Payback3 (yr) 3.3 yr 3.9 yr
    • RECOMMISSIONING Case StudiesAdult Ed Centre Office TowerSherbrooke, QC Winnipeg, MB: Courtesy NRCan: www.canmetenergy.nrcan.gc.ca/eng/rcx.html
    • RECOMMISSIONINGTop RCx Tasks ► 1. Turn off equipment that should be off ► Over-ridden schedules, systems set for 24/7 operation ► Broken or out of calibration timers ► Poor original sequence ► Optimum start/stop not working ► Equipment set to operate in HAND rather than Auto
    • RECOMMISSIONINGTop RCx Tasks ► 2. Improper ventilation / outdoor quantities ► not set to match current requirements
    • RECOMMISSIONINGTop RCx Tasks ► 3. Verify dampers and valves on central AHUs operating property ► Sticking due to long time non-use ► Broken or damaged linkages ► Improper repairs
    • RECOMMISSIONINGTop RCx Tasks ► 4. Verify terminal units operating properly ► Inoperative actuators / valves ► Defective receiver/controller ► Out of calibration sensors ► Deficient or excessive flow ► Dirty rads or coils not heating the space ► Malfunctioning secondary loop temperature control
    • RECOMMISSIONINGTop RCx Tasks► 5. Verify Supply Static Pressure Setpoint (Air and Water Systems)► 6. Verify Supply Air and Water Temperature Reset Schedule► 7. Eliminate Simultaneous Heating and Cooling
    • RECOMMISSIONINGTop RCx Tasks ► 8. Return VFD to Variable Speed Operation ► 9. Calibrate Sensors and Instrumentation ► 10. Interference with Room Controls
    • MMM GROUP LIMITED RCx and LEED EB:O&M
    • RECOMISSIONINGRCx and LEED EB:O&M EAp1: Energy Efficiency Best Practices Management : ► Planning, Documentation and Opportunity Assessment EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance ► EAc2.1: Existing Building Commissioning: Investigation and Analysis (2 points) ► EAc2.2: Existing Building Commissioning: Implementation (2 points) ► EAc2.3: Existing Building Commissioning: Ongoing Commissioning (2 points)
    • RECOMMISSIONINGEAp1: Planning, Documentation, and Opportunity Assessment ► 1. Building Operating Plan ► 2. Systems Narrative ► 3. Sequence of Operations ► 4. Preventative Maintenance Plan ► 5. ASHRAE Level I Audit ► Utility Bills review ► Energy Utilization Index ► Low Cost/No Cost Improvements
    • RECOMISSIONINGEAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance Option A: ► Energy Star® : Energy Performance Rating min 69 Option B: ► 19% better efficiency than cohort average
    • RECOMISSIONINGEAc2.1: Investigation & Analysis Option A – Commissioning Process: ► Site Assessment ► Building Energy End-Use Breakdown ► Diagnostic Monitoring And Functional Testing ► Master List Of Findings Option B: ► ASHRAE Level II Audit ► Building Energy End-Use Breakdown ► Cost - Savings Analysis ► Listing of capital improvements
    • RECOMISSIONINGEAc2.2: Implementation 1. Implement low cost / no cost measures 2. Provide building staff training 3. Provide the following documentation: ► Listing of measures, operational improvements and/or repairs implemented ► Update or revise the Building Operating Plan ► Recommended capital plan for major retrofits or upgrades ► Summary of staff training program
    • RECOMMISSIONINGEAc2.3: Ongoing Commissioning1. Update the Systems Manual2. Produce an On-Going Commissioning Plan3. Implement Ongoing Commissioning
    • RECOMMISSIONINGConclusions ► RCx is a systematic process that optimize comfort and energy savings of existing buildings ► RCx can reduce whole-building energy uses by 5% to 30% ► Paybacks typically in the 0.5 to 5 yr range ► RCx helps the persistence of energy and non-energy benefits ► RCx can help obtain LEED EB:O&M Certification
    • MMM Group Limited100 Commerce Valley Drive WestThornhill, ON Canada L3T 0A1t: 905.882.1100 | f: 905.882.0055e: mmm@mmm.ca