Decatur Civic Center
For over three decades, the Decatur Civic Center has provided a space for community activities and recreation. The building complex was built in 1980 and now houses a theater, an ice arena, and offices for the City of Decatur.
Due in part to energy price increases and aging equipment, the Civic Center’s operational costs have risen sharply over the last 30 years. In 2009, the city spent over $282,000 for electricity and $38,000 for natural gas to support the 105,000 square foot building. The city asked SEDAC to study the building’s energy usage and recommend ways to lower its energy costs. A SEDAC energy assessment and analysis found that energy and cost savings could be effectively achieved by installing new lighting systems and more efficient heating and cooling systems.
In 2010, the Civic Center went through a retro-commissioning analysis, performed by Sieben Energy Associates, an approved SEDAC Service Provider. Retro-commissioning (RCx) is a process of "re-tuning" a building by identifying and implementing operations and maintenance improvements in a building to ensure good performance. The RCx study found more energy savings from repairing and tuning the building automation system. Overall, monthly energy costs have dropped by nearly 30% from implementing the following energy and cost savings measures:
- Flourescent lighting retrofit in offices and ice arena
- LED lighting retrofit in the lobby
- Daylight sensor installation
- Boiler pump controls
- Chiller water pump sequencing tune up.