Pilot Partnership Update: Completion of Design for the Science and
California Institute for Energy Efficiency
This presentation will communicate progress toward
meeting the goals of the US EPA/DOE and University of California
(UC) Merced Pilot Partnership. One objective is to demonstrate success
in meeting ambitious design goals, providing encouragement to others
who are attempting similar projects. Another objective is to provide
an illustration of the potential for improvement in laboratory energy
efficiency. There is also an opportunity to provide follow-up information
on the implementation of the energy benchmarking system introduced
at the January 2002 Labs21 Conference. Finally, the presentation
can provide a preliminary assessment of the ability of a pilot project
to have impact in as a model for other facilities.
The completed design of the UC Merced Science and Engineering Building
has a number of interesting features that provide good energy performance.
These include a four-pipe cooling and heating system, evaporative
pre-cooling for laboratory make-up air and process equipment cooling,
efficient lighting, and an enhanced monitoring system. The projected
energy efficiency of the building exceeds design targets. Predicted
energy performance has been evaluated in terms of California Title
24 Energy Standards, potential LEED points and the innovative
benchmarking system used for campus planning and facility design.
The implementation of the benchmarking system has had interesting
and beneficial effects on the development of the design of the laboratory
building, other buildings on the campus, and the campus infrastructure.
Work toward the goal of a silver LEED rating is on track with
a potential point list that reflects the overall campus approach
to LEED ratings. The pilot partnership has influenced the
ongoing UC policy development for "Green Buildings"
This presentation of the UC Merced pilot partnership emphasizes
the establishment of goals, tracking of performance, continuous
improvement in design, and promulgation of results to other parts
of the Merced campus and the UC system. The capability for measurement
of energy and water consumption has been established in the initial
building designs along with substantial energy system diagnostics.
This monitoring system will be a key to achievement of long-term
campus goals. A number of interesting energy efficiency strategies
have been employed in the design. Overall environmental impacts
are being addressed partially through the LEED process, with
whole-campus issues being important in optimizing energy performance.
Karl Brown is the
Deputy Director of the California Institute for Energy Efficiency
(CIEE), a part of the University of California Office of the President
(UCOP). Karl began his career as a consulting engineer-including
field survey and analysis of building end use efficiency. For the
last eleven years Karl has planned and managed end-use energy R&D
in conjunction with CIEE's partners-including California energy
utilities and the California Energy Commission. His leadership of
CIEE's Building Systems Program has included focus on HVAC duct
leakage, diagnostics for commissioning and operations, and design
of facilities for high-technology industries (e.g. laboratories).
Karl also assists with energy planning for University of California
facilities, most notably as an advisor to the new Merced campus
and recently as a member of a working group conducting a feasibility
study for a UC green building and clean energy policy.