Facility Action Plans
A requirement of the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Resource Conservation Management (RCM) program is that facility action plans be established based on a district wide ranking of facilities and identified resource conservation projects (RCP).
The attached action plans are categorized by school type beginning with elementary, middle school, high school and commercial buildings. The projects identified in this year’s cycle (2009 – 2010) of action plans focus mainly on lighting upgrades in school gyms and cafeterias (based on 2009 pilot projects), a major DDC upgrade in progress at our largest high school, DDC upgrades at two elementary schools, upgrading our direct digital control (DDC) systems software that operates the majority of our facilities, and lining up a series of custodial seminars that will provide custodial staff training and assign them a participatory role.
In addition, the action planes for five of our schools include a major boiler replacement upgrade, two chiller replacement upgrades, two DDC re-commissioning’s, and major lighting upgrades. These 2010 energy projects were made possible in part by a grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), substantial funds from the districts 2007 bond fund, along with generous incentives from our local electric and natural gas utility companies. Because of restrictive time lines regarding the OSPI grant, these will be our primary focus during this business cycle.
Other ongoing projects: a district wide power management target of 6,500 computers will continue to be a collaborative effort between the Office of Resource Conservation Management (ORCM) and the Information Management Services (IMS) group. Additionally, there will be resource conservation projects at the districts Memorial Stadium that will be completed in 2010, as well as several other projects involving exterior lighting, lighting controls, and fine tuning DDC systems throughout the district.
Our Resource Conservation Management efforts are made possible in part by the following advisory group lead by Mr. Rick Stracke, Renton School Districts Executive Director of Facilities, Operations, Maintenance, Safety, and Security – and Mr. Joe Lamborn, Facilities and Operations Manager.
Average BTU/Sq.Ft. Benchmark established by PSE, by school type:
- 53,527 BTU/Sq.Ft. - Elementary
- 57,087 BTU/Sq. Ft. - Middle School
- 62,670 BTU/Sq.Ft. - High School
Average BTU/Sq.Ft. Benchmark established by the Department of Energy:
- 79,800 BTU/Sq.Ft - Commercial Building
The following action plans are categorized by school type beginning with elementary, middle school, high school and commercial buildings.
The primary resource conservation identifiers are on line two of the following plans, which show the actual “current” energy use index (EUI) measured in thousands of British thermal units (kBTU’s) per square foot (sq.ft.). This indicator is followed by the target EUI which is based on the estimated savings associated with the identified energy saving measures. The average EUI for facility type is really the Benchmark that we are using as an average. These averages were identified on the previous page, along with an infograph ranking the top ten energy users.
The next steps section is really where the “action” actually comes into play. This is also the area where we donate an initial request for further utility involvement regarding engineering that may be required to insure that we meet the utilities expectations. This is followed by reference to work plans that will be developed by those involved in the ESCO project(s).
The actual base year established by the utility is from September 2006 through August 2007. So the evaluation of our efforts will be measured from September 2007 forward om an annual basis. This time line is based on when the district signed up to become involved in the Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Resource Conservation Management program. At the point a Resource Conservation Manager (RCM) was brought on, the program was in the second half of its second cycle. The first full cycle during which the RCM is involved, is from September 2009 – August 2010.