NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Case Study: Trump Tower at City Center

Trump Tower at City Center – Just a few years after this White Plains high-rise was built, residents saw energy bills that were dramatically higher than expected. After completing a comprehensive energy upgrade project that improved lighting and added a combined heat and power unit, the building slashed energy use by 21 percent.

MY NAME IS LARRY GOMEZ.
I'M THE RESIDENT MANAGER AT
TRUMP TOWER CITY CENTER
IN WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK
AND WE INVESTED IN AN
ENERGY MANAGEMENT PROJECT
HERE AT TRUMP TOWER
WITH NYSERDA.
THEY HAD A REAL PROBLEM HERE
WHERE THEIR ENERGY COSTS WERE
TWICE AS MUCH AS THE DEVELOPER
TOLD THEM THEY WOULD BE AND
THAT WAS THE FIRST THING I
DID WAS GO ONLINE AND LOOK UP
NYSERDA AND TRY TO
SEE WHAT WAS OUT THERE.
SO THE MULTIFAMILY ENERGY
PERFORMANCE PORTFOLIO IS MADE
UP OF A FEW COMPONENTS
AND A FEW DIFFERENT PROGRAM
OFFERINGS FOR
BUILDINGS OWNERS.
ONE, WE HAVE OUR
FLAGSHIP PROGRAM WHICH IS THE
MULTIFAMILY PERFORMANCE
PROGRAM MADE UP OF BOTH
EXISTING BUILDINGS AND
NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.
WE ALSO HAVE BENCHMARKING;
AN EASIER, MORE INTRODUCTORY
PATHWAY TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY.
GREEN JOBS, GREEN
NEW YORK FINANCING,
WHICH ALLOWS BUILDING OWNERS
TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR
INTEREST RATE BUY-DOWN; AS
WELL AS THE ADVANCED SUB
METERING PROGRAM ADDRESSING
THE INHERENT INEFFICIENCIES
OF MASTER METERED BUILDINGS.
TRUMP TOWER, LIKE ALL OF
OUR EXISTING BUILDINGS,
STARTS WITH A VERY CRITICAL
POINT IN THE PROGRAM
AND THAT IS A COMPREHENSIVE
ENERGY ASSESSMENT.
IN THIS CASE TRUMP TOWER
WORKED WITH DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
GROUP AND FRANK LAURICELLA TO
PROVIDE A LARGE COMPREHENSIVE,
ALL ENCOMPASSING, ENERGY
REDUCTION PLAN TO THE BUILDING
THAT THEY CAN USE AS
PART OF A FIVE YEAR PLAN,
TEN YEAR PLAN IN ORDER TO
REALIZE ENERGY SAVINGS.
GOING TOP TO BOTTOM, THEY
REALLY DID AN ANALYSIS
THAT WAS TREMENDOUS.
AND, IT REALLY GAVE ME A FEEL
FOR THE BUILDING OF WHAT WAS
RIGHT WITH THE BUILDING,
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
IN THE BUILDING, AND WHAT
WE COULD IMPROVE ON IT
GOING FORWARD EVEN
AFTER WHAT WE DID NOW.
THERE WERE BASICALLY
THREE OR FOUR MAJOR
AREAS THAT WE FOCUSED ON.
ONE WAS HIGH COST OF HEATING.
THE BUILDING IS HEATED BY
NATURAL GAS THROUGH A WATER
SOURCE HEAT PUMP SYSTEM.
SO EACH UNIT HAS
ITS OWN HEAT PUMP
AND THEY CAN CONTROL
THE HEATING.
THE DOMESTIC HOT
WATER ALSO IS GAS FIRED.
AND THAT WAS ONE AREA THAT
BASICALLY WITH SOME MINIMAL
ANALYSIS WE FELT
THAT THERE COULD BE
SOME IMPROVEMENTS THERE.
TEMPERATURE CONTROLS
THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING
AND THEN LIGHTING.
LIGHTING WAS IN OUR
OPINION WAY OVERLIT
AND ALSO UTILIZED
INEFFICIENT FIXTURES.
SO WE FOCUSED ON LIGHTING,
HEATING AND
TEMPERATURE CONTROL.
THOSE WERE THE BASIC ELEMENTS.
WELL, WE DID
QUITE A FEW THINGS.
WE DID THE
PARKING GARAGE LIGHTS.
WE DID OUTDOOR LIGHTING, WHICH
WAS THE LIGHTING IN THE FLOWER
BEDS AND ALONG THE
SIDE OF THE BUILDING.
THE INTERIOR LIGHTS, WHAT
WE DID THERE WAS SENSORS.
WE SENSORED THE HALLWAYS
– ALL THE COMMON
HALLWAYS OF 36 FLOORS,
THE STAIRWELLS ON
BOTH THE EMERGENCY
STAIRWELLS ON BOTH SIDES. THOSE
ARE ON SENSOR LIGHTING AS WELL.
WE DID TIMERS FOR EXHAUST FANS
FOR THE DRYER EXHAUST FANS.
WE DID THE CHP – WHICH IS A
COMBINED HEAT AND POWER UNIT,
THE POOL COVERS, AND WE DID
THE ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
– WHICH IS THE BRAINS
THAT WORKS EVERYTHING.
AS A FACILITY
MANAGER YOU ARE VERY BUSY,
SO 90% OF THE PAPERWORK
WAS DONE WITH MY PARTNER.
WHEN WE HAD TO PUT
THE PACKAGE TOGETHER,
THEY WENT OVER IT AT THE
END, WE PROVIDED THEM
WITH THE INFORMATION,
AND TOOK IT FROM THERE.
THEY BASICALLY MAILED IT
IN AT THE END OF THE DAY.
WITHOUT THE PARTNER, IT
MAY NOT HAVE HAPPENED.
WELL, THIS PROJECT
WAS ABOUT $928,000.
OUT OF THE $928,000,
$280,000 WAS IN INCENTIVES.
THE PAYBACK PERIOD
FOR THE PROJECT WAS
A LITTLE OVER THREE YEARS.
WITH THE MULTIFAMILY
PERFORMANCE PROGRAM OUR
INCENTIVE STRUCTURE BASICALLY
FOLLOWS THREE MAIN MILESTONES.
THE FIRST ONE IS THE
COMPLETION OF AN ENERGY
ASSESSMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT
OF AN ENERGY REDUCTION PLAN,
ROUGHLY 10% OF THE
TOTAL INCENTIVES.
STAGE TWO BEING AGAIN, AROUND
50% OF THAT SCOPE OF WORK
BEING INSTALLED.
AND STAGE THREE IS
THE COMPLETION OF
THAT SCOPE OF WORK. BOTH STAGE
TWO AND STAGE THREE ARE ROUGHLY
45% OF THE TOTAL INCENTIVE
WE ALSO HAVE A FOURTH
BONUS PAYMENT WHICH IS
VERY UNIQUE TO OUR PROGRAM.
AND THAT REWARDS BUILDINGS
THAT ARE ABLE TO GO ABOVE AND
BEYOND OUR MINIMUM
15% REQUIREMENT
AND ACTUALLY REALIZE THEM.
SO ONE YEAR AFTER THE
CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETE
WE LOOK AT THE BILLS
FOR THE LAST YEAR.
AND IF THEY WERE TO GO BEYOND
20% IN REALIZED SAVINGS
WE AWARD THEM 150 TO
300 DOLLARS PER UNIT.
I THINK THE REAL KEY –
THE INCENTIVE CHECKS WERE
IMPORTANT AND GOOD – BUT THE
REAL THING WAS EVERY MONTH
WHEN YOU GOT THOSE ENERGY
BILLS AND THEY WERE
THAT MUCH CHEAPER
– 20% CHEAPER.
IT'S BEEN TWO OR
THREE YEARS NOW
AND WE'RE STILL SAVING
OVER $300,000 A YEAR.

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