Turnkey Energy Projects

Brigham Young University
Life Sciences Building


Square Feet


Annual Energy Savings

Brigham Young University (BYU)‘s Life Sciences Building (LSB) was known by campus facilities as a difficult building. This facility includes more than 870,000 square feet of classrooms and multiple laboratory spaces. With an annual energy cost of about $850,000, it was a high user on campus,
but multiple mechanical and controls contractors had failed to get the operation dialed in. BYU gave Bernhard (previously ETC Group) the chance to deliver a turnkey retro-commissioning project to help get the LSB operating as intended, with monitoring and control of air flow, exhaust flow, heating, cooling, and space pressurization.

Upon a thorough retro-commissioning process including site visits, review of existing plans, functional testing, and coordination meetings with the BYU Facilities team, Bernhard was able to reduce energy spend by $155,000 per year while increasing lab compliance, safety, and student-facility comfort. As part of this project, we also modified existing data analytics to make them more user friendly and the data more useful.

The success behind the BYU project is in the comprehensive approach to retrocommissioning including direct interaction with our engineers, O&M recommendations, system manuals and formal training. For each project, Bernhard assembles a project team that consists of Energy Engineers, Technical Project Managers (PM), and Implementation Construction Managers (CM) to guide the delivery of our Energy Audit/RCx Plan, Engineering Services, and Final Turnkey Project report for implementation. These team members will lead the team through alignment with facility staff and resources, communicate directly with designated personnel that are part of the Project Team; with the primary focus in keeping Retro-commissioning (RCX) projects on scope, within budget, and meet the jointly developed schedule. Our Turnkey Energy Engineering Services streamline complex projects for greater efficiency and better results. We manage all project deliverables from start to completion, including planning, design, implementation, and verification work.