MBCx at the MetLife Building
Any change in the HVAC performance of a heavily trafficked building must be careful to maintain occupant comfort. But when that building sees 250,000 visitors per day, there is no room for error. Owned by the Irvine Company and managed by Tishman Speyer, the MetLife building in New York City was built in 1963 with over 3M square feet. In 2019 Yardi Energy started a project at the MetLife building to balance energy efficiency with the comfort of commuters on their way to Grand Central Terminal. Working in cooperation with the building’s manager, Yardi approached this project using a monitoring base commissioning (MBCx) methodology that utilized both Fault Detection as well as automated optimization technology. This holistic approach ensured that the entire HVAC system was optimized to only use energy when it is doing work, performed at optimum efficiency when it was doing that work, and provided higher levels of comfort than traditional building control strategies. Please join us to explore the process, challenges, lessons learned, and the results of this fascinating project.
Christy Cannon has been a Certified Energy Manager since 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a minor in Physics, and two years postgraduate study in Civil Engineering. Her career in energy has spanned over two decades on everything from building databases that model utility tariff rate schedules to onsite ASHRAE audits to conducting classes on peak demand management and electric market economics for City Managers, Facility Directors, and Mayors. In her current capacity at Yardi Systems she focuses on supporting the real time metering, HVAC fault detection, and building optimization products. On a more personal note, her parents were hippies, and she grew up in rural Arkansas utilizing rain barrels way before they were cool.