Article | Facilities Net (2015)
The concept of retrocommissioning is not new, but new emphasis and investments in energy efficiency are giving the process greater interest and adoption. One example brings this renewed attention into focus. In 2013, Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas funded a retrocommissioning engineering study to identify energy inefficiencies and related issues with mechanical system operation at the Science Building of Santiago Canyon College near Los Angeles. The Science Center opened for classes in 2010, but concerns about operational efficiency can often arise even in buildings under five years old. Because Santiago Canyon College is part of the California Community Colleges (CCC) system, it falls within the aegis of a unique public sector/private sector initiative established to encourage energy efficiency investments and foster best practices within the system. The CCC/IOU Partnership is comprised of SCE and SCG together with two other statewide investor-owned utilities (IOUs) — Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric — and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.
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