Taking the tools and lessons from PennTAP’s BRT workshops, Lower Merion School District team members worked with Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) to assess the operation of the HRU units and conducted prescriptive troubleshooting to determine opportunities for correction.
FirstEnergy Corporation challenged Learning Factory students to investigate 3D printing technology as an alternative for producing replacement grommets.
The PennTAP team completed a walk-through of U.S. Silica and recommended lighting and system updates to increase the facility’s energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.
PennTAP partnered with the Penn State College of Engineering’s Learning Factory to develop a lead apron support structure prototype for Hershey Medical Center. The student team was successful in creating a design that met the sponsor’s needs of comfort, cost, mobility, deployment time, durability, and manufacturability.
PennTAP worked with a local manufacturer to help them reduce their energy use and costs and increase the efficiency of their energy systems. The cost savings from these system recommendations is estimated to be $208,000/year and equates to energy savings of 9.652 million British Thermal Units per year.
PennTAP conducted a Building Re-Tuning (BRT) walk-through of the Township of Hampton’s police station and reviewed the Township’s monthly electric and natural gas consumption statistics. PennTAP’s assessment led to extensive repairs and renovations and ultimately energy and cost savings for the Township of Hampton.
PennTAP worked with a maple syrup producer to upgrade their production process by adding an energy-efficient reverse osmosis machine which helped them save costs and reduce direct air emissions.
PennTAP completed an energy audit at a Pennsylvania foundry recommending an update to upgrade their lighting, repair compressed air leaks, and install insulation resulting in significant cost savings and increased efficiency.
PennTAP assembled a regional cohort of professionals working for K–12 schools and government facilities to conduct four hours of BRT classroom training followed by practical team-based walkthrough assessments of the participating facilities.
PennTAP’s Energy and Environment Team offered training and education to help those involved with building operations learn how to run facilities more efficiently and reduce operating costs.