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are all advocates of smart engineering and energy efficiency. According to John White, Chief Engineer, this results in “a win-win for both the tenants of Central Pacific Plaza as well as for the community.”
Central Pacific Plaza’s journey began about four years ago. Mr. White’s first project was to replace two 25-horsepower (hp) domestic water pumps with two 5-hp domestic water pumps with variable frequency drives. This resulted in an immediate savings of over $1,000 per month. Following that project, the building’s chillers, which were the original ones, needed to be replaced, and
(left to right): John White, Chief Engineer for Central Pacific Plaza and Bridget Sawai, Senior Property Manager, Colliers Monroe Friedlander Management.
John contacted Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) to inquire about energy efficient techno- logies, as well as rebates and incentives. After researching and evaluating its options, higher efficiency chillers were proposed to the Central Pacific Bank and they agreed to fund the investment. Two 350-ton chillers and one 100-ton chiller were replaced with two energy efficient 300-ton chillers and one 75-ton chiller, earning a rebate of $53,000 from HECO’s
Business program. The building also invested in a
new web-based Energy Management System (EMS) which optimizes the performance of its newly renovated chiller plant.
The Central Pacific Plaza has also undergone extensive lighting retrofits. All of the common areas and most tenant spaces utilize efficient T-8 linear fluorescent lamps. And while most commercial buildings have yet to retrofit from incandes- cent to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), the Central Pacific Plaza has already taken the next step in energy efficiency. Throughout the building, 52-watt CFLs have been replaced with 15-watt light-emitting diode (LED) lamps from Perm- Light. Additionally, all of the exit signs in the building have also been retrofitted to LED technology. Most recently, the building’s U-Bend fluorescent F-32 lamps were replaced with the more efficient F-17 linear fluorescents with reflectors. In total, while tenant occupancy has increased at the Central Pacific Plaza, its annual energy usage has decreased by nearly 12% since 2003.
At Central Pacific Bank, being “green” means more than cash and checking, it means commitment to energy efficiency. And what drives this commitment? Loyalty, of course! Central Pacific Bank remains fiercely loyal to not just its customers and office building tenants, but to the community and the environment as well.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) established the ENERGY STAR program as a way to help businesses and individuals protect the environment
through superior energy efficiency. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR Building label, several criteria must be met. One of the criteria is to benchmark energy consumption on a scale of 1 to 100 in their respective similar-use building category. Buildings that rank among the top 25 percent nationwide, in terms of energy performance in all similar-use buildings, can qualify for the ENERGY STAR rating. In addition, a Statement of Energy Performance must be verified by a Professional Engineer verifying that the facility meets industry standards for comfort and indoor air quality.
For more information about the EPA ENERGY STAR Programs and Services, visit www.energystar.gov. Your facility’s own ENERGY STAR may be waiting for you.