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Two New Trophies Recognize Retro-Commissioning Success in 2018


If you were walking in the central Loop in downtown Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, October 30, you may have thought the Stanley Cup had returned to Chicago. Sieben Energy Associates was awarded two large trophies, each roughly the size and shape of the Stanley Cup, for its retro-commissioning work for customers of ComEd, the electric utility that serves northern Illinois.

Jerry Burin and David Binstock accepted the awards from ComEd and Nexant, the retro-commissioning program manager, during the annual workshop for retro-commissioning service providers. As they headed back to the office with the new hardware, Jerry and David caught the attention of passersby, whom we may assume were perplexed, if not impressed, by what they were seeing.

Pictured from left to right in the image above this post are Emily Pauli of Nexant, Jerry, David, and Rick Tonielli of ComEd. Sieben Energy Associates earned two of the four trophies distributed during the October 30 ceremony in Chase Tower at 10 South Dearborn Street. ComEd's retro-commissioning program is one of the largest and most successful in the country.

The trophy for Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Project of the Year, for most savings achieved in a single project in 2018, was awarded for work completed at Medline headquarters in Northfield, Illinois. Located at Three Lakes Drive, the 768,500-square-foot building served previously as the headquarters of Kraft Heinz.

The Medline project team achieved remarkable results requiring minimal financial investment. Verified electricity savings, exceeding 2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) were more than double targeted savings; verified natural gas savings, exceeding 70,000 therms, were more than four times greater than targeted savings. The eight energy conservation measures implemented during the retro-commissioning project will reduce annual energy usage by approximately 20% with simple payback of only half a year.

The trophy for "Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Building Tune-Up Project of the Year, also for most savings achieved in a single project in 2018, was awarded for work completed at 420 East Ohio, a 310,000-square-foot residential apartment building in downtown Chicago. Compared to the standard RCx program, the RCx Building Tune-up program is designed for customers with smaller commercial buildings and features a faster, simpler process.

The 420 East Ohio project team identified and implemented five energy conservation measures that reduced annual base building electricity use by more than 400,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), representing cumulative electricity savings of greater than 20%. Simple payback was only one and a half years.

With the addition of the two trophies, we now have six cups positioned throughout our main office—all earned within the past several years. We thank our clients for their cooperation and the opportunities to work with them on these assignments. These exceptional results would not have been possible without the collaboration and enthusiasm of the management and engineering staff at these buildings.

In the past ten years, Sieben Energy Associates has completed more than 100 retro-commissioning projects at a variety of large commercial properties: multi-tenant offices, corporate complexes, hospitals, hotels, warehouses, apartments, and even data centers. The total gross floor area of all these projects exceeds 75 million square feet.

We are eager to leverage our expertise in retro-commissioning and monitoring-based commissioning to optimize energy use in your building. Contact us to explore how we might assist you.

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