24-Hour Fitness, 24-Hour Savings

By Alison Berry, JDM Associates on Mar 31, 2017

How do you save energy when your building operates 24 hours? Better Buildings Challenge partner Columbia Association found the answer through lighting retrofits and cogeneration. Columbia Association retrofitted their most energy-intensive property, the Supreme Sports Club in Columbia, Maryland, and achieved a 22 percent reduction in EUI – almost $100,000 in annual savings!

The Supreme Sports Club is a 24-hour fitness center with 1,500 members, three pools, locker rooms, showers, cardio/exercise equipment, a laundry facility, a basketball/skate arena, and staff offices. With a constant operating schedule, the electricity and gas demands were very high, so Columbia Association decided to implement interior and exterior lighting retrofits and a small-scale cogeneration project. Most of the lighting was upgraded to LED, or to more efficient HOT5 fluorescents. They also installed a 60-kW combined heat and power generator to simultaneously providing heating and electricity for the pools, showers, and natatorium space.

Columbia Association was able to take advantage of local utility rebates totaling $109,125, connected to their participation in a Combined Heat and Power program. On top of annual savings of $96,500, Supreme Sports Club has reaped the benefits of improved lighting quality and reduced maintenance costs.

To learn more about the Supreme Sports Club showcase project, check it out in the Better Buildings Solution Center!