Pumps & Motors
Pumping systems are essential to the daily operation of most commercial buildings and industrial facilities. With new energy standards for clean-water pumps taking effect in 2020 and a great new Energy Rating label program from the Hydraulic Institute, now is the time to evaluate the efficiency of commercial and industrial pumps, and circulators.
Smart Pumps: Go With The Flow
What lies beneath the brick, concrete, and glass of a commercial building is an intricate network of technology that works together to keep a building operating at all times. We talk about the big things, such as HVAC and lighting, but we rarely discuss the technology behind how water in buildings is used and how it gets to its final destinations. So let's talk about pumps.Resources
Class-A Office Building Finds Grade-A Booster Pump Solution
When Urban Renaissance Group purchased Tower 333, a 20-story office building in Bellevue, Wash., they knew the aging and inefficient water-booster system needed to be replaced. The original system consisted of three 20-horsepower constant-speed booster pumps operated in a staged sequence, bringing on successive pumps as demand changed. With a commitment to occupant comfort and maintaining the building's energy-efficiency certifications, the company knew they had to find a replacement for the aging water-booster system that would save energy and improve performance.
Advocating for Smaller Energy-Efficient Pumps
While utilities often provide incentives for selecting efficient large motors, NEEA's Extended Motor Products (XMP) program take this one step further: It focuses on pumps and circulators under 50 horsepower used in many commercial and industrial applications. Hydraulic Institute talked to Warren Fish, the XMP program manager, about NEEA's focus on smaller pumps and how the program works.
Smart Pumps Help Keep Costs Down at Providence Down Manor
Providence Down Manor is an independent retirement community in Hood River, OR. To increase efficiency while maintaining high comfort standards for its residents, the facility installed hot water pumps with smart circulators, which have integral controls that self-regulate the speed of the pump to match the needs of the system, adapting to pressure or flow requirements and reducing power when demand is lower.
Smart Circulators Provide Convenience and Savings for Bellwether Housing
Bellwether Housing is the largest nonprofit affordable housing provider in Seattle, managing 2,100 units across the city in buildings that range from new construction to century-old apartments. This diversity can pose a challenge for the maintenance team, so when the opportunity arose to upgrade some hot water recirculation pumps to efficient and adaptive smart pumps, Bellwether jumped at the chance.
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