NY firm chosen to monitor Minillas Gov’t Center energy consumption
The Public Buildings Authority has entered into an agreement with New York-based utiliVisor to monitor energy consumption at the Minillas Government Center in Santurce, which houses a number of public agencies in several buildings.
The 800,000 square-foot complex houses the Consumer Affairs Department, the Permits and Regulations Administration, the Planning Board, the Corporation for the Arts, the Family Department, the Government Development Bank, the Department of Transportation and Public Works, the Highway and Transportation Authority and the PBA.
As part of the 10-year contract, utiliVisor will provide third party independent measurement and verification services and assist the PBA achieve its goal of reducing energy consumption by at least 10 percent, as per Gov. Fortuño’s mandate.
Local firm Alvarez-Diaz + Group PSC will be in charge of retrofitting the agencies to comply with the energy conservation project at Minillas, while Honeywell has been granted an energy performance contract to be implemented at the complex.
Under its contract, utiliVisor will review Honeywell’s energy baseline methodology for nine Energy Conservation Measures to validate that a measurable method exists for the proposed energy improvements. The ECMs include lighting upgrades, chiller plant upgrades, air distribution improvements, water and sewer improvements, power factors, solar panels installation, wind turbine installation, improvements to the building envelope, and installation of a building automation system.
UtiliVisor will also be responsible for reviewing and collecting data to validate the monthly energy savings and will provide the PBA with ongoing recommendations for improved operating performance of all building systems to ensure energy efficiencies are maximized.