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Energy Management Consulting and Retro-Commissioning Energy Management Consulting and Retro-Commissioning

Energy Management Consulting and Retro-Commissioning

Overview

Grumman/Butkus Associates has provided retro-commissioning, energy studies, and engineering services to support Advocate's energy-consumption reduction goals. The facilities have included numerous hospitals in the Advocate Health Care network.

In 2008, Advocate set a goal of reducing annual energy consuption by 20% by the year 2015. All Advocate hospitals have made significant progress, with three already achieving the goal.

Awards

Source Award
2014 Excellence in Engineering Award, ASHRAE Illinois Chapter (Multi-Site Boiler Burner Replacement Project)
2014 Excellence in Engineering Award, ASHRAE Illinois Chapter (Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Chiller Plant Replacement)

Features

  • Grumman/Butkus Associates (G/BA) has provided retro-commissioning services in 10 hospitals within the Advocate network. We have also completed facility/system assessments (energy studies) in eight Chicago area hospitals, plus two hospitals in downstate Illinois.
  • G/BA has provided engineering services to replace 10 burners on boilers in six of the hospitals as a result of the energy studies. Another major project consisted of renovation of the chiller plant at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, funded in part by more than $167,000 in rebates from ComEd.
  • In aggregate, Advocate has reduced total annual energy costs by over $2 million, or almost 15%, since 2008, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 6,642 MtCO2e (12%).

Below is a summary of the ComEd incentive money applied for by G/BA on behalf of Advocate, which has been used to help fund the energy management program:

  • Prescriptive and custom incentives: $389,797
  • Retro-commissioning incentives: $517,154
  • Facility assessment incentives: $222,402
  • Total: $1,129,353 from ComEd’s Smart Ideas and Ameren