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Case Studies

We work with a wide range of clients and projects, all with the goal of improving building performance, saving money and creating healthier, more productive workspaces. The following stories offer a sampling of a few of our past projects and how we've made a difference for our clients.

Even older, unsophisticated HVAC systems can be efficient if proper attention is given. This was true with our clients at a class-A office building...

 A client requested that BPT perform an energy audit on their faciltity due to suspicion of high energy costs. Come see what we uncovered...

When foul odors kept personnel complaining and customers away, a national automotive reseller decided to do something about it. Read how BPT was able to help...

 

We recently had the opportunity to work with a higher education client to commission one of their buildings with total area of about 60,000 square feet. The Engineer and contractors were very reputable and client was knowledgeable, but the project timeframe was very tight, causing parts of the project to be rushed. This is not all that unusual in the construction arena and, as is common, left several issues which BPT commissioning was able to uncover. 

The local ASHRAE chapter wanted to do a service project for the Grand Rapids area, and when they asked for volunteers, we couldn't resist! See what we found... 

A major mechanical contractor in the Midwest was asked by its industrial client to evaluate whether its existing 50-year-old steam heating system could be made more efficient. The Building Performance Team was then asked to assist the mechanical contractor with this evaluation. Our team's recommendation was to scrap the boilers and install a new 92%-efficient, direct-fired heating and ventilating system. This recommendation was recently completed and has been meeting savings projections of ~$150,000 per year, for a payback of less than two years.

 

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Case Study: 800,000 sq.ft. Midwest facility for major engine manufacturer
This manufacturer was dealing with an aging steam heating system which required frequent repairs and was very costly to operate and maintain. In addition, the maintenance staff had no timely way of knowing when a problem had occurred, causing delays in repair response and impairment of production. Using a BPT team member's recommendations, existing steam equipment was converted to high-efficiency natural-gas heating coupled with easy-to-use digital controls. The new controls enabled instantaneous communication concerning the system's operation and reported on any problem with 17 different pieces of equipment. After this highly successful first phase, a second phase was implemented to gain additional savings.