PBA Provides Energy Audit Commissioning Services for K-12 District
As part of Consumers Energy's plan to provide K-12 school districts in Michigan with an Energy Management Plan (EMP) based on recommendations from building assessments, PBA was brought on board to provide energy audit level 2 commissioning services including Whole Building Energy Assessments, beginning with Consumers Energy’s pilot district, Delton Kellogg Public Schools.
Initial services included creating a comprehensive list of Facility Improvement Measures (FIMs) using a template provided by Franklin Energy, that would help in lowering each facility’s energy use. Additionally, PBA performed energy savings calculations, followed by a brief executive summary of what was performed and a recommendation on whether or not to proceed with the Building Performance with Energy Star® (BPwES) Pilot Program activities.
The program is broken down into three phases including Operations and Maintenance review, preparing an energy management plan and recommendations to improve the efficiency of the building by control upgrades, equipment upgrades, lighting upgrades, and system retrofits, etc.
The core function of the program was to perform a targeted operations and maintenance evaluation this included evaluating systems via the building automation system (if applicable), assessing HVAC, digital control systems, lighting technologies and controls and the performance and comfort of the building. PBA was able to quickly identify deficiencies throughout the district and provide appropriate recommendations from the audit, based on its findings.