UC Davis Heating and Cooling Master Plan

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UC Davis Heating and Cooling Master Plan



FVB Energy and Burns & MacDonnell developed a Comprehensive Heating and Cooling Master Plan for the University of California, Davis. The consulting team first developed a Base Case — a 25-year technical and economic model representing status quo production and consumption of heating and cooling energy and expected UC Davis costs — for comparison for alternative strategies to meet UC Davis goals for significant reductions in heating and cooling energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Steam to Hot Water Conversion

The campus currently produces and distributes steam for process and HVAC needs throughout campus facilities. A key element of the Master Plan was analysis of the potential for steam to hot water conversion for a portion of the campus, integrated with thermal storage and low grade heat sources. The hot water conversion scenario included retaining steam service to a large portion of the campus, especially for heavy process steam demand in laboratory and hospital space.

Life Cycle Cost Analysis

In conjunction with the technical analysis, our team developed a 25 year Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis model to evaluate a range of options and to enable the University to later assess additional variations. The Master Plan provided an investment strategy to align with funding sources, available resources and energy reduction goals. The plan provides a roadmap for development of a comprehensive energy utilization program to guide the University’s energy utilization and production decisions for the future.


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  • Developed 25-year “status quo” technical and economic model for campus heating and cooling.
  • Integrated operational and maintenance savings to project NPV with economic model.
  • Identified areas of campus suitable for steam to hot water conversion and developed phasing plans.
  • Analyzed integrated program of building renewal and conservation with steam to hot water conversion.