Project: Building design review  and energy efficiency evaluation
 Problem: Evaluate proposed  facility design and recommend  changes to the proposed  specification.
 Solution: BVA modified the  original building design which  resulted in saving the client  $252,000 per year and an annual  energy savings of 4,200,000 kWh  and 55,000 therms.  

BVA assisted in the planning stages of a design-build project for a new 410,000-square-foot jail. We proposed requirements for the building including high-efficiency indoor lighting systems, photocells to control outdoor lights, high-efficiency package air conditioners, heat recovery package for housing pods, VAV systems, zoning air handlers in non-housing areas based on occupancy type, higher efficiency motors, and higher efficiency boilers.

BVA determined that the need for mechanical cooling in the housing units would be reduced if the design included high-mass walls, increased ventilation rates, and glass with a higher shading coefficient. We also persuaded the project manager to require that the building meet most Title 24 requirements even though jails are exempt.

The annual energy savings due to these improvements to the original design were estimated to be approximately 4,200,000 kWh and 55,000 therms, saving $252,000 each year.


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