Biomedical Information & Communication Center – Oregon Health and Science University – Portland, Oregon
Energy Modeling / Energy Analysis
Biomedical Information & Communication Center (BICC) is a 6-story building located on the Terwilliger Campus of the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). The building was constructed in 1991 and is approximately 79,000 square feet (sq ft). BICC functions primarily as a library/study area with associated open and enclosed office spaces.
The energy analysis in the report focused on upgrades to the lighting and HVAC systems, due to the high energy savings potential in those systems. The goal of the analysis was to identify and evaluate EEMs that:
• Improve controllability of systems as well as occupant comfort.
• Reduce energy use and related operating costs.
• Reduce operation and maintenance costs.
• Improve and modernized building systems to facilitate future operation and maintenance activities and reduce the need for future system modernization.
Building size: 79,000 sq ft
Incremental annual electric energy savings: 781,227 kWh
Incremental annual natural gas energy savings: 57,524 Therms
Incremental annual energy savings: 8,419 MMBTU
Incremental annual energy cost savings: $83,110
Energy Trust of Oregon Incentive: $182,360
Energy Efficiency Strategies Identified and Implemented
HVAC controls upgrade and optimization of control sequences
Upgrade the heating water system to variable flow
Upgrade the chilled water system to variable flow
Retrofit the existing antiquated lighting with high performance lighting technology
Schedule domestic hot water pumping