CA has been very active as an ENERGY STAR Partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CA is working aggressively to implement energy efficiency upgrades in numerous facilities and also to communicate the benefits of ENERGY STAR programs to the community. Effective energy management is an important way to lower utility costs, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and improve overall sustainability.
CA continues to look for opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of its operations through equipment upgrades and optimizing how existing equipment is used. Efforts undertaken by CA to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions include:
- Replacement of metal halide light fixtures with high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures in the arenas at the Athletic Club, Supreme Sports Club, and the Columbia Gym – reducing energy consumption by 50 percent and decreasing annual operating costs by more than $30,000.
- Installation of more than 1,000 energy efficient lamps at the fitness clubs, the Swim Center, and the Owen Brown Tennis Bubble – reducing energy consumption for lighting by 22 to 50 percent.
- Installation of high efficiency condensing boilers and on-demand water heaters throughout the building portfolio.
- Conducting energy audits at the Art Center, Stonehouse, and several neighborhood centers.
- Improving operating practices to ensure equipment is being used efficiently and that energy consuming devices and equipment are turned off when not needed.
- Designing new facilities such as the Hobbits Glen Golf Clubhouse and Haven on the Lake to be as energy efficient as possible.
- Upgrading exterior building and parking lot lighting to LED technology at CA’s Maintenance Facility, the Supreme Sports Club, and Columbia Athletic Club.
- CA has recently commissioned a 60kW combined heat and power (CHP) cogeneration unit at Supreme Sports Club. The CHP system improves overall energy efficiency and reduces operating costs at the 24-hr facility.
- Lighting retrofits have been completed at the Athletic Club and Supreme Sports Club. Existing fixtures were replaced with energy efficient LED lights throughout both buildings, decreasing
electricity use while improving aesthetic appeal.
- CA is competing in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP. Buildings from across the nation are battling it out to see who can save the most energy in just 90 days, from September through November 2016. In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, five of CA’s largest buildings are competing to work off energy waste through improvements in energy efficiency. Those buildings are CA’s Maintenance Facility; the combined Columbia Art Center/Stonehouse complex; Columbia Athletic Club; Columbia Gym; and Supreme Sports Club.