USC FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Services was the recipient of a $75,000 rebate from The Gas Company for including energy-efficient equipment in the design of the new chilled-water plant in the Center for Health Professions (CHP) building at the Health Sciences Campus.
The rebate comes from The Gas Company’s “Savings by Design” Incentive Program, a program authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission to encourage high-performance building design and construction. The Gas Company offers several such programs to encourage customers to save energy. They maintain that “Energy efficient buildings happen by design. Reducing energy consumption can provide significant savings in monthly operating costs and provide long-term energy and cost savings.”
USC QUALIFIED for the incentive by specifying and installing energy-efficient Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) on the CHP chiller plant pumps and cooling tower fans. The VFDs ensure that the chiller plant operates at maximum efficiency.
The new chiller plant presently provides chilled water for the air conditioning and process cooling systems in the CHP and Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, and will soon be connected to additional HSC buildings.