Queen’s University conducted a Request for Proposal process and selected Honeywell, an Energy Service Company (ESCo) to be our partner for the energy conservation program.
The energy conservation program will provide an opportunity to complete significant renewal projects involving campus infrastructure and facilities. Completion of these projects benefits the university in three major ways;
The program has been divided into two distinct phases. The first phase involves conducting a campus-wide energy audit and the second phase, pending the results of the audit involves an energy performance contract.
The first phase audit involves the development of an ASHRAE Level One Energy Audit of campus. This report will provide a preliminary audit of the entire campus’s energy consumption, a study of past utility bills, an energy profile for buildings and a list of energy conservation measures, savings potential, high level implementation cost, and potential utility incentives. The audit will include the majority of primary campus buildings as well as the supporting infrastructure such as the central heating plant and steam distribution system. The audit will consider specific elements such as building envelope, fan units, pumps, water fixtures, lighting and control optimization.
The potential second phase of the program builds on the results of the audit and seeks to implement the identified energy savings measures via an energy performance contract. Subject to further review and approval the identified projects will be further developed and engineered into ‘shovel-ready’ projects. These projects form the basis of the energy performance contract, whereby our partner Honeywell will implement the selected projects. The achieved savings that result from the project implementation are used to pay back the capital investment necessary to deliver the projects. The length of the performance contract is dependent on the selected projects, but can range anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more. After the contract has ended the energy savings flow directly to the utility budget.