Featured Projects

New York Power Authority (NYPA)

ASHRAE Level 1

Building Energy Audits

Yonkers, NY

New York Power Authority (NYPA) | ASHRAE Level 1 Building Energy Audits |
Yonkers, NY

GSA: Veterans Administration
(VA) Building

Energy Conservation + Energy Audit

+ Building Automation Control

Washington, DC

GSA: Veterans Administration Building | Energy Conservation + Energy Audit
+ Building Automation Control | Washington, DC

Setty provided an Energy Conservation Study and Energy Audit...

The Veterans Administration (VA) Headquarters was construction in 1919. The building has a floor area of 684,629 gross square feet and is constructed of concrete and monolithic limestone. Eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the ideal Energy Conservation Plan included accomodation for it’s aesthetic and historic significance.

Central Plant equipment was evaluated and found to contain well sorted energy systems. Terminal equipment, modulation valves, and Buidling Automation Control (BAC) were determined to hold the greated net value for energy savings. One thousand Variable Air Volume (VAV) boxes were identified as malfuntioning. Site Analysis determined these defective VAVs to be causing their respective Air Handling Units (AHUs) to operate at full capacity continuously. Additionally, the AHUs were inspected and found to have frozen modulation valves. These problems were calculated to be wasting significant energy and human resources.

A key element of the Setty Energy Conservation Plan, was the development of a targeted legacy equipment phase-out strategy. This strategy mitigated concerns regarding equipment downtime, and provided for a seemless and non intrusive repair schedule. Reports based upon ASHRAE Level II Audit.

Examples of Energy Conservation Measures included:
Occupancy Schedules, Night Setbacks, Optimum Start programming, Trending Protocols, Equipment Staging, and Control Logic Strategies became the focal points for improving BAC efficiency.

Scope of services included:
Site Analysis identified defective VAVs and AHU frozen modulation valves to be wasting significant energy and human resources,

GSA: Theodore Roosevelt Building (OPM)

HVAC Tune-Up + Energy Audit

Washington, DC

GSA: Theodore Roosevelt Building (OPM) | HVAC Tune-Up + Energy Audit |
Washington, DC

Setty provided Enhanced and Retro-Commissioning services. with a focus on energy conservation, operational efficiency of systems, individual component and enterprise system level analysis, integration and interoperability of systems, Life Cycle and technology analysis, and Energy Modeling. Functional Performance Testing (FPT) procedures were tailored to capture the most valuable information, and the resulting reports based upon ASHRAE Level II Audit for energy and water conservation measures.

Based on the information gathered, Energy Conservation Measurement recommendations were developed, including:

  • Re-Commission enthalpy control within BAC system.
  • Commission design review of basement AHU.
  • Repair and/or replacement of existing Outside Air, Exhaust Air, and Return Air automatic dampers.
  • Repair and/or replace all Chilled and Hot Water modulation and isolation valves.
  • Re-Commissioning of outside Air Economizer Mode within control strategy.
  • Calibration of field instrumentation.
  • Calibration of control logic for all Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and control loops.
  • Creation of a controlled phase-out program for obsolete and unsupported legacy controls infrastructure.
  • Repair of steam basin heater control valves.

Federal Office Complex (FOC) 

Headquarters Compound

ASHRAE Level-II Energy Audit 

Undisclosed Location

Federal Office Complex (FOC) Headquarters Compound | ASHRAE Level-II
Energy Audit | Undisclosed Location

Setty performed a Feasibilty Study for Energy & Water Conservation of ten buildings (3,500,000 sf) at the FOC compound. The comprehensive study began with identifying existing conditions, benchmarks, and energy and water conservation measures, which led to the development of a proposed ten-year construction program that would address all federal sustainability mandates, as well as the client’s own LEED sustainability program goals. Eleven individual performance goals had to be integrated into a resulting roadmap, with each program year identifying progress toward each goal.

The energy audits conducted met ASHRAE Level-II Energy Audit standards, and resulted in over 160 energy conservation measures, and 40 water conservation measures defining feasibility, first costs, life cycle costs, and mission impact.

Additional scope of services included:

  • A detailed engineering and feasibility study to not only evaluate energy and water conservation opportunities, but also the application of various renewable and alternate energy technologies.
  • Incorporation of baseline consumption data into normalized references, with consideration of involved client targets.

Establishment of a Ten-Year Capital Construction Program to address all federal mandates and client objectives, specific to energy and water use, further addressing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, achieving LEED-EB: O&M certifications, and Executive Order 13514.

U.S. Department of Interior

National Park Services

Energy and Water Audit

Various Locations

U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Services | Energy and Water Audit |
Various Locations

GSA, James M. Hanley Fed. Bldg.

ASHRAE Level II Audit

Syracuse, NY

GSA, James M. Hanley Federal Building | ASHRAE Level II Audit | Syracuse, NY

Setty provided engineering and commissioning expertise to assess existing conditions, identify system defects, uncover energy conservation and water conservation opportunities, perform diagnostic testing and calibration of controls, and make recommendations via a Commissioning Report. Reflecting ASHRAE Guideline 0 recommended practices, GSA used the initial conditions assessment to identify defective equipment, which was then repaired for follow-up Functional Performance Testing efforts.

The 638 PTAC units were unregulated by the Building Automation Control (BAC) and utilized electric cooling and heating exclusively. Side-by-side PTAC units were identified to be simultaneously funning in opposite conditioning modes (one cooling, and one heating), both at maximum capacity and each physically separated by only 10’ of open undivided space. These were immediately identified as the most energy consuming devices, and a retrofit plan was developed. Water source heating and cooling architecture and a robust BAC system were determined to be the most plausible energy saving strategy. Although this water source system represented a multi-million dollar capital investment, an anticipated twenty-five percent total building energy reduction calculated a rapid return on investment. The new equipment would also be integrated into the BAC system to harvest even greater control and energy savings. Reports were based upon ASHRAE Level II Audits.

GSA, Kenneth B. Keating Fed. Bldg. 

ASHRAE Level II Audit

Rochester, NY

GSA, Kenneth B. Keating Fed Building | ASHRAE Level II Audit | Rochester, NY

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

Energy Audit 

Washington, DC

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School | Energy Audit | Washington, DC

Setty provided ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit for the below listed buildings at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School.

  • St. Joseph’s: 22,500 gsf
  • Library: 4,400 gsf
  • Lalor: 3,500 gsf

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School was founded in the year 1799 as Georgetown Academy for Young Ladies in Washington, DC. It was also formally referred to as the Convent and Academy of the Visitation. The oldest Catholic girls’ school in the original thirteen United States, it has grown and flourished for over 200 years.