Combined Heat and Power on the drawing board
Fitting CHP into the design phase of a building project has long-term positive impact for building owners
For building owners and facilities managers, fitting CHP into their properties usually means “retrofitting,” utilizing current space and infrastructure in such a way that modular CHP units can be installed.
However, there is a growing trend that incorporates CHP into building design and architecture, creating all the energy and cost savings from the outset while providing independence from the grid.
Combined Heat Power systems, like the Aegen ThermoPower 75kW developed by Dalkia Aegis, EDF Group have proven to reduce both energy costs and emissions for a variety of facilities, from healthcare and assisted living facilities, to recreational and multi-residential complexes, and hotels. There are also institutional, educational, and industrial facility applications.
North American Energy Reliability Corporation stated in 2012 that “the electrical industry faces significant reliability issues this decade.”
Combined Heat and Power solves that dilemma. Incorporating CHP in building design allows for on-site primary power as well as on-site critical power.
A recent article called “Building the 21st Century Hospital” published by the American Institute of Architects suggests there are several ways a building can contribute to the overall health of a community.
“Hospital design increasingly reflects the lessons of neighborhood-scale urban planning, siting, and health of the facility itself, as well as the surrounding community,” the article states.
Pointing to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas as a model of the way a hospital building itself can be a force for promoting health, the article points out that as part of its sustainability model, the new development’s most innovative feature is “its highly efficient combined heat and power plant, which shrinks the hospital’s carbon footprint and promotes clean air.”
In May of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership released a fact sheet to introduce building architects and engineers to the benefits of CHP. The fact sheet focused on the treatment of LEED® for building design and construction and focused on the “new construction” category.
The primary message to building architects and engineers is that building energy performance constitutes the largest point-earning component within the LEED® green building program, and CHP can help projects maximize the number of points earned.
For more information on how to incorporate CHP into your building design, contact a Dalkia Aegis representative through aegischp.com.