BuildSmart NY is Governor Cuomo’s Statewide initiative to improve energy efficiency in State owned and managed buildings by 20% by the year 2020. Each month, NYPA will showcase a selected BuildSmart NY Facility Star to recognize the dedication of these people and their organizations. To learn more about BuildSmart NY, visit http://www.buildsmart.ny.gov/.
This month’s BuildSmart NY Facility Stars:
Rick Brown: Chief Engineer [25 yrs]
Jim Yeager: General Foreman Electrical [14 yrs]
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center recently completed a comprehensive renovation, the centerpiece of which is a seven-acre green roof: the largest of its kind in New York State and second largest in the country. The green roof is expected to provide the Javits Center and the surrounding environment with a host of benefits, including a reduction in “heat island” effect, moderation of internal building temperature, and a reduction of building energy consumption. In addition to the green roof, the existing curtain wall at the Javits Center was replaced with more than 3,700 panels of energy-efficient, high-performing glass, along with 2,400 skylight panels, allowing a significant increase in the use of daylighting. These upgrades, including the installation of more than 100 energy-efficient HVAC units, are expected to significantly reduce the building energy consumption.
A key component of the renovation was the installation of variable air volume (VAV) boxes across the entire building.
The VAV system was outfitted with extensive metering and sensors which are all captured by the Building Management System and displayed on an Energy Dashboard so that a better understanding of the energy profile of event organizers can be gained. This allows for temperature and air flow control at 12,600 unique points across the building, many corresponding to where vendor booths are located. Building operators can now adjust temperature based on the needs of the specific vendor, ensuring highly energy efficient operations.
While the use of VAV technology is impressive, perhaps more impressive was that most of the installation and commissioning was performed by internal facility staff. Led by Rick Brown and Jim Yeager, the Javits Center facility team was integral in the implementation of this project, ensuring a timely and cost-effective delivery. The team has also developed expertise on the control of the system, and now effectively controls and customizes temperature throughout the facility resulting in 5% annual energy savings.