EFFECT ENERGY AND WATER USAGE TRACKING.
The historic Fairmont Empress hotel is currently experiencing energy savings as a result of Reliable Controls Authorized Dealer Kerr Controls’ recent efforts to update the aging controls system through reprogramming, with a strong focus on improved comfort and energy efficiency.
Located in the inner harbour of Victoria, BC, the Fairmont Empress opened in 1908 and is now one of Victoria’s oldest and most famous hotels. The 51,096m2 (550,000 ft2) hotel has 477 guest rooms, two ballrooms, 22 meeting rooms, 4 restaurants, a spa, and an indoor swimming pool.
Kerr Controls Inc. recently completed this energy savings focused retrofit project, with the primary focus of reprogramming the sequence of operations for the mechanical equipment to achieve a higher level of savings. The uniqueness of the project is attributed to the sheer volume of data, including electricity, gas, and wastewater data, which the system collects for monitoring purposes.
The networked hardware in the Empress includes MACH-ProSys controllers with MACH-ProPoint expansions, as well as a MACH-ProZone component. Mechanical equipment includes boilers, air handling units, chillers, VAVs, heat pumps, spa pumps, and lighting.
The upgraded system has greatly improved the client’s ability to monitor and track energy and water usage, allowing stricter attention to be paid to efficiency.
The project work started in June 2012 and wrapped up by the end of October the same year. By the end of November 2013, the annual savings for electricity, gas, and water/wastewater totaled nearly $55,000, which more than paid for the client’s investment in reprogramming.
The updated graphics, powered by RC-Studio, have created a more user-friendly system, while improvements to the programming have improved occupancy comfort and provide measurable energy efficiency.
Kerr Controls Inc., a Reliable Controls Authorized Dealer based in Victoria, BC, specializes in the design and installation of building automation systems for energy management, building comfort, and efficient equipment operation. The Kerr Controls team offers a professional, one-stop-shop for building owners/operators by providing maintenance and repair services for building management systems and all the related mechanical and HVAC equipment.
The company was founded in 2001 by owner Mike Kerr, a controls industry professional for more than twenty years. Kerr Controls, Inc. focuses on integrating software-driven digital controls with HVAC equipment to create building automation systems that operate to their full potential and maximum efficiency.
Article by Karina Wright re-posted from Reliable Controls Newsletter