Engineering Project Case Studies | Erdman Anthony

Energy Analysis and Commissioning Services

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Net-Zero Energy Ready Residence Hall

Erdman Anthony is providing energy analysis and commissioning (Cx) services for a new four-story net-zero energy-ready residence hall at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York. The building is 77,687 square feet.

Beginning during the design phase and continuing through the first year of operation, Erdman Anthony’s scope for the project includes:

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

The commissioned systems associated with the facility are being verified to make sure they are complete and functioning properly prior to occupancy. 

The residence hall operates continuously during the academic year, with a 50% reduction in occupancy during the summer session.

The project’s energy analysis consisted of analyzing the energy savings associated with various high-efficiency systems, including:

  • 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
  • High-efficiency LED interior lighting with daylighting controls and occupancy sensing
  • High-efficiency LED exterior and site lighting
  • High-efficiency building envelope and fenestration
  • High-efficiency kitchen equipment and power reduction using plug-load controls in the office spaces

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