Engineering Project Case Studies | Erdman Anthony

Energy Analysis and Commissioning Services

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Net-Zero Energy Ready Residence Hall

At the outset of the State University of New York’s efforts to introduce energy-conserving dormitories, Erdman Anthony performed a design-phase energy analysis and served as the commissioning (Cx) authority for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Hilltop Hall, the first net-zero energy-ready residence hall in the university system.

During the design phase and continuing through the first year of operation, Erdman Anthony’s work at the four-story 77,687-square-foot building included:

• Energy analysis for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA)
  Commercial New Construction Program 
• Cx of the MEP systems
• Review of the geothermal installation
• Enclosure (envelope) Cx
• Performance verification and monitoring-based Cx

The commissioned systems associated with the facility were verified for complete and proper
functioning prior to occupancy.

The team also analyzed the energy savings associated with the following systems:

• A ground-source heat pump variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system, which was served by a
  ground-source heat pump dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS)
• A water-to-water heat pump domestic hot water system
• Demand controlled ventilation (DCV) using carbon dioxide sensors
• LED interior lighting with daylighting controls and occupancy sensing
• LED exterior and site lighting
• High-efficiency fenestration, building envelope, and kitchen equipment 
• Power reduction using plug-load controls in the office spaces

Hilltop Hall is designed to produce the same amount of energy as it consumes, thereby reducing its carbon footprint, and the project is part of achieving the school’s strategic energy goals and meeting New York state's energy mandates.

Sustainable Design Impact

Providing energy analysis and Cx services for the first net-zero energy-ready residence hall in the SUNY system has helped highlight the advantages of building facilities that exceed existing energy codes.

Michael St. John, PE, CEM, LEED AP
Michael St. John, PE, CEM, LEED AP
 585-427-8888 x 1054