Energy Edge Solutions

Healthquest Fitness


Fitness Center Case Study

Premier 38-acre fitness, wellness and athletic facility. Located in Flemington, NJ. Founded in 2001. 104,000 square foot facility.

Business Situation

HealthQuest runs 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. The loads include fitness equipment, office equipment, pool pumps and heaters, restaurant equipment, vending machines, washers and dryers, etc. The lighting system was comprised primarily of T-12 and Metal Halide fixtures. The HVAC system consists of 27 roof top split systems and two boilers. The facility’s energy costs were exorbitant and needed to be reduced.

It’s hard to imagine many other financial investments we could have made that would have been so profitable.

Doug Steinly
HealthQuest General Manager

Process

As a first step Energy Edge Solutions (EES) conducted a comprehensive whole building investment-grade energy audit and engineering study of HealthQuest’s facilities. The audit included an intense review of the following areas:

Utility Bills: EES reviewed the previous 12 months of utility data for the facility.

Designs: EES reviewed all available electrical one line and mechanical drawings.

Facility Energy Behavior: EES reviewed with the customer the current energy behavior of the staff including temperature set points, setting back temperatures when the facility is closed, turning off lights, office equipment, etc. after hours.

Building Envelope: EES checked weather stripping, insulation, open doors and areas around frequently trafficked areas, etc.

Lighting Systems: EES reviewed the current lighting systems to determine if the most efficient lighting options were being used and if occupancy sensors, timers and dimmers had been placed into operation. EES also looked for areas that were over lit and areas that could take advantage of natural sunlight.

Heating, Ventilation and Cooling Systems: EES looked at the HVAC/R systems to determine operating efficiency, maintenance schedules, filter replacement frequency, age, and upgrade and treatment options.

Motors and Equipment: EES itemized all electrical loads across the facility (including HVAC, production and refrigeration equipment) and their respective run times. Actual electrical measurements such as amperage, voltage, THD%, power factor, etc were taken at all loads as well as at the main. Load, duty cycles, operating efficiency, age, replacement and treatment options, etc. were all determined.

Solution

Energy Energy Edge Solutions (EES) recommended a whole facility approach to energy cost reduction including all available energy conservation opportunities to significantly reduce the facility’s expenses. EES also showed the customer how each different option would impact energy consumption as well as the project cost and return on investment. Based on EETC’s analysis and HealthQuest’s selection of available options, HealthQuest was guaranteed a minimum kWh reduction of 13.66% and a 12.41% reduction in gas consumption. The maximum guaranteed project payback was 28 months. HealthQuest took advantage of the financing option and assistance offered by EES to pay for the project. EES takes complete responsibility for all turnkey installations including the procurement of all equipment, labor, project management, pre- and post- inspections, waste removal, recycling, certifications, permits, administrative rebate work, etc.

Benefits

EETC measures the success of all projects in accord with the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol, Option C (www.IPMVP.org) as approved by the U.S. Department of Energy. EES compiles a statistical measurement and verification report quarterly for customers which includes utility bill analysis, base and verification period comparison, building simulation/ modeling, inclusion of all factors of influence, statistical correlation, regression analysis, etc. The turnkey project is currently saving 17.61% in electricity and 28.08% in gas and paid back in less than 15 months, providing HealthQuest with an 83% return on investment.

Products and Services Recommended and/or Employed

  • Lighting retrofit of all T-12 and HID fixtures with T-8 fixtures with high efficiency electronic ballasts
  • De-lamping with Miro 4 polished aluminum reflectors
  • Energy management system for air conditioning loads
  • Lighting controls
  • Anti-compressor short cycling for heating systems
  • Anti-compressor short cycling for cooling systems
  • Occupancy sensors across office spaces
  • Recommended changes in staff energy behavior
  • Solar heating for swimming pools
  • Vend misers for vending machines
  • Variable frequency drives for pump motors
  • Thermal qualities simulation for refrigeration
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