The Wistar Institute.
Energy Savings at Wistar
Following the installation of the Aircuity intelligent energy management platform in the laboratory and vivarium areas of its main campus, globally renowned biomedical research center, The Wistar Institute, is achieving savings of US $89,000 annually.
The Wistar Institute is located in Philadelphia, PA and has special expertise in oncology, immunology, infectious disease and vaccine research.
The institute was seeking an optimal energy reduction solution that would also enhance the indoor environment for occupants. Aircuity Channel Partner, The Kirkman Oliver Company, worked with Jim Zaleski, Wistar’s Director of Facilities Management, to implement Aircuity.
A turn-key design was created for Wistar in partnership with PWI Engineering and installed at the institute as an overlay to the existing Phoenix Controls system. Aircuity system’s demand control ventilation platform now is monitoring for volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide, particulates and relative humidity then using that information to optimize the ventilation rates within the spaces. This provides a better environment for human and animal occupants, substantial energy savings and access to new information about the conditions and performance of the space. Wistar is using the data available through the MyAircuity dashboard to help with AAALAC reporting and monitoring the status of fume hood sashes. The fume hood data is then being used by personnel to the modify behavior of hood users where the sash is continually left open; increasing the energy savings.
The savings achieved following the installation would normally result in a pay-back after four years. The project additionally qualified for a custom rebate from Constellation Energy worth US $37,500, which further reduces the payback period to approximately three-and-a-half years.