Airside Efficiency: A measurably better environment in the Criss Health Science Complex
The Criss Health Science Complex on Creighton University's campus is an important space as it provides teaching, laboratory, and associated facilities for the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Health Professions. The main building was renovated in 2003 and the lab control valves that were installed at the time were starting to fail causing an
already energy intensive space to use even more energy. In addition to a Phoenix Controls valve upgrade, Aircuity was also proposed by channel partner, Specialized Products, to help further reduce energy use in support of the university’s energy conservation policy.
Installing Aircuity optimized the air change rates in the space and provided energy savings and a better environment for occupants. In conjunction with the valve upgrade, Aircuity is helping Creighton University save approximately $196,200 annually that was verified by Optimized Systems of Omaha, Nebraska.
“The Aircuity system gives us the tools we need to optimize energy efficiency without compromising indoor environmental quality," said Rick Kmiecik, President of Optimized Systems. "I can honestly say I am a believer in the system and what it provides to engineers that believe in energy efficiency but will not sacrifice air quality and most importantly safety.”
Aircuity is also creating a healthier and safer environment for occupants in the lab and helping the university’s Environmental Health and
Safety (EH&S) department track conditions that can identify lab practices that need review. “Based on the success of the Criss Complex project Creighton University is now assessing other campus facilities for retrofit opportunities, which would also include Aircuity”, stated Tim Norton, assistant vice president of facilities management and planning, at Creighton.