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Sunstar Americas, Inc.

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PROJECT SNAPSHOT: Sunstar Americas
Overview Oral healthcare products manufacturing facility
Location Schaumburg
Energy-saving improvements (partial list)
  • High-performance glazing
  • Occupancy controls
  • RTU cooling efficiency
  • HVAC controls
  • Manufacturing BMS
  • Process equipment efficiency
Energy consultant Seventhwave, a ComEd Energy Efficiency Program implementer
Owner incentive received $360,977*
Design team incentive received $36,098*
Estimated annual energy savings 3,609,766 kWh
Estimated annual energy cost savings $320,186**

*Based on 2015 incentive levels.

**Estimated annual cost savings based on a rate of 8.87 cents per kWh.

Photo courtesy of Sunstar Americas, Inc.

Project Summary

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program new construction team partnered with Sunstar to identify energy conservation measures (ECMs) that would meet organizational sustainability design goals and financial payback requirements. As a result, 19 ECMs were incorporated and incentivized through the program.

The Solution

The ComEd team provided energy modeling services, and calculated energy savings and incentives for implementation of the following ECMs:

  • High-performance envelope strategies
  • Interior and exterior lighting power density reduction
  • Fixture-based occupancy controls for lighting in areas not required by code
  • High-efficiency equipment installations
  • Pressure and CO2 sensor installations to control mechanical equipment components in the office
  • Use of a BAS to modulate systems in warehouse and manufacturing areas
  • Process equipment upgrades, including:
    • Switch to water-cooled chillers served by an open cooling tower with heat exchanger and variable speed fans
    • Upgrade to variable-speed, two-stage, water-cooled compressors
    • Addition of variable-frequency drives for pumps
    • Installation of a winter cooler to provide process chilled water during appropriate outdoor conditions

Project Benefits

Sunstar qualified for technical assistance and $360,977* in incentives from ComEd. An additional $36,098* in incentives were provided to the project design team for significant engagement with the program. The new 302,000 square foot facility in Schaumburg reduced estimated energy costs by $320,186** annually and earned LEED certification in 2017.

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