Akron MHA Energy Performance Contract
Beginning in 2003, Osborn Engineering assisted Citizens Conservation Services (now Ameresco) in the implementation of a 12-year, multi-million dollar Energy Savings Performance Contract for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA). Osborn provided all mechanical and electrical engineering services for the energy assessment and subsequent energy improvements related to the high-rise buildings in the AMHA's portfolio.
The first phase of the project included approximately 60% of AMHA’s high-rise structures. Resulting projects included new variable flow, high efficiency heating hot water boiler plants, new variable flow domestic water booster pumping systems, new domestic water heating systems, and an innovative modification to the buildings’ common area pressurization systems which significantly reduced the amount of outside air that required conditioning.
The savings associated with the first phase of the project exceeded expectations and resulted in a second phase which was implemented in 2011 and included all remaining high-rises.