Case Study

Coquitlam School District - Elementary Schools

NY, United States

11.35

FINANCIAL SAVING

$3,003 (CAD)

CO2 SAVING

18,760 Kg

The performance of EndoTherm was studied in a pilot case by Coquitlam School District at 4 elementary schools over the 2020/21 heating season.

A baseline analysis was conducted on 45 schools operated by the school district using historical billing data from FortisBC from May 2018. The sites with the strongest correlation between consumption and temperature were selected as candidate sites.

The standard methodology for an EndoTherm pilot project takes guidance from the International Protocol for the Measurement & Verification of Performance (IPMVP) Option C – Whole Building Analysis which uses total natural gas consumption. The selected sites have a small baseload with a minimal Domestic Hot Water (DHW) load.

Natural Gas consumption is normalised for variances in outside temperature using Heating Degree Days (18.5°C) from Pitt Meadows Coastal Station.

It is noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on occupancy and thus energy demand on site. Many schools closed in March 2020 and this can be reflected in a reduction in consumption in some (but not all) sites.

With schools (and buildings in general) re-opening in September 2020; ASHRAE released guidance to:
1. Increase outdoor air ventilation.
2. Disable demand control ventilation.
3. Further open minimum outdoor air dampers as much as 100% thus eliminating recirculation of air.
4. Keep systems running longer hours (24.7 if possible) to help circulation of air.

This has caused a well document general increase in consumption across buildings in North America. Thus, it was decided to run the same analysis for 3 elementary schools that have not had EndoTherm installed to act as a control for comparison against the EndoTherm pilots.

Results

Site Name Pilot Length Saving %
EndoTherm Dosed Castle Park EL 6 Months 14.27%
EndoTherm Dosed Hampton Park EL 6 Months 4.37%
EndoTherm Dosed Harbour View EL 6 Months 16.46%
EndoTherm Dosed Roy Stibbs EL 7 Months 10.31%
Control Site (No EndoTherm) Mary Hill EL 6 Months 2.53%
Control Site (No EndoTherm) Pinetree EL 6 Months -18.63%
Control Site (No EndoTherm) Ranch Park EL 6 Months -34.23%

Over the 6/7-month period, the four schools treated with EndoTherm showed a reduction in natural gas consumption ranging from 4.37% to 16.46%, with an average saving of 11.35%.

During the study period schools in the district showed an overall increase in gas consumption. The three control schools selected as comparable, which did not receive EndoTherm, all showed increased natural gas consumption over the 6-month pilot period, with an average increase of 16.78%.

 

Savings

Average Saving:

11.35%

Total Cash Saving:

$3,003 (CAD)

Total CO2e Saving:

18,769.30 kg

 

“We are impressed with EndoTherm and the saving numbers we have achieved in the span of 6 months. With that said, we would be replicating this to more schools in order to continue our evaluation.” Ashish Dev

Energy Specialist, School District 43 (Coquitlam)

 

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