DAV Energy Solutions was subcontracted by Abraxas Energy to assist in conducting ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audits and similarly scoped Water Audits for the Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar from October 2010 through January 2011. Eight buildings were selected for auditing, including a grocery mart, three office buildings and 4 aircraft hangars, totaling 700,101 square feet. The goal of the audit was to assist MCAS Miramar in achieving the EISA 2007 required 30% energy reductions by providing conservation measures with detailed descriptions, scopes and calculations that could then be executed using O&M, ECIP or other sources of funding.
The audit was conducted in several phases, 1) a Preliminary Energy Use Analysis, 2) Site Visit and 3) Analysis and Reporting. Phase 1 consisted of a utility summary and analysis on the most recent 12 months of utility bills. This generated a baseline for the energy/water usage and utility costs, which was used in calculating potential energy savings. The calculated Heating and Cooling Degree Days provided insight to potential Energy/Water Conservation Measures. During the on-site inspection, all the relevant information on the existing building conditions was collected. This on-site assessment included reviewing building and equipment data, interviewing site personnel, observing energy-related equipment operation, and conducting some limited site measurements. Based on the inspection and calculations 52 Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) were recommended, as well as a list of Administrative and Operational Measures that could be implemented at very low cost.
Examples of Conservation Measures found included lighting retrofits, lighting controls, occupancy sensors, Energy Management System upgrades, programmable thermostat installation, variable pump frequency drives, Variable Air Volume upgrades, refrigeration fan controls, low flow fixture installations and vending machine energy reduction strategies. Information was provided to MCAS Miramar in a format that allowed simple input to their Energy Master Plan. In addition to cost savings, reductions in the Energy Use Index (MBtu/sf/yr) were graphed and various strategies for project consolidating were provided.
When implemented, the ECM’s will reduce energy cost 24% per year with a simple payback of 5.5 years. The corresponding energy savings of 26% will greatly assist the installation in meeting its base wide goal of a 30% reduction. All values were evaluated using bin simulations and spreadsheet calculations based on standard energy savings estimating methods and known and assumed operating conditions. Various incentives were identified through utility companies and various federal programs.