Together with Garforth International llc Baumann Consulting was brought on board to develop an updated Integrated Energy Master Plan (IEMP) for the city of Guelph in southwestern Ontario, Canada in response to the implementation of the city’s new district heating system. The IEMP is used as a roadmap for achieving the city’s targeted energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction goals.
During the development of the IEMP, Baumann collaborates closely with Clients to answer the following key questions and establish the desired outcomes of the project:
- What is the Plan’s projected timeframe?
- What percentage energy use reduction must be achieved within the determined timeframe?
- What amount of greenhouse gas reduction must be achieved within the determined timeframe?
- What is the desired internal rate of return?
With these goals in mind, Baumann analyzed the existing conditions of the city to determine building types, conditions and current energy usage. Each building was then modeled individually to develop a detailed model for projected future energy demand. This data informed the development of a project timeline and cost estimates for proposed energy conservation measures.
Recommended energy conservation measures for the city of Guelph included exterior insulation and window upgrades in existing buildings, and transitioning from electric HVAC to hydronic heating from the city’s district heating system in pursuit of the goal of reducing the city’s energy demand by 50%.
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