The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is a state-of-the-art, innovative, world-renowned facility with a 327-acre campus focused on creative answers to today’s energy challenges. Group14 has executed energy audits, utilities monitoring, retro-commissioning, energy studies, and implementation of SkySpark across the NREL campus in Golden, Colorado. Projects we’ve worked on include the 71,000 SF Science and Technology Facility, the 182,500 SF Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), the 362,000 SF Research Support Facility (RSF) Building, and the 126,590 SF Field Test Laboratory Building, which houses 41 laboratories and the Thermochemical Users Facility. Group14 also provided fundamental & enhanced commissioning for the 220,000 SF research center, which features the latest in energy saving technology.
Group14’s energy consulting and retro-commissioning have identified $240,000/year in annual cost savings for NREL. SkySpark is being used to monitor the full building automation system for the buildings noted above plus over (37) energy meters on the campus. Energy data is used to benchmark facilities, track changes in energy use, and identify sustainability opportunities. The systems monitored by SkySpark include active chilled/heating beams, complex heat recovery systems, and a large 1,050 ton central chilled water plant.