Retro-Commissioning, Design & Implementation

Sutter Health Eden Medical Center

Castro Valley, CA



Square Feet

870 Tons per Year

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Reduction


Annual Energy Savings

Sutter Health demonstrated commitment to energy savings with a goal to reduce the Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of their acute care facilities to 200 kBtu/ft2 by 2030. As one early step of this commitment, the network hired Bernhard (previously ETC Group) to perform a Retro-commissioning (RCx) Assessment for the Sutter Health Eden Medical Center. This 130-bed, 230,000-sqft acute care hospital, located in Castro Valley, CA, had a higher EUI than comparable facilities in the Sutter network and was identified as a good candidate for achieving energy savings. Bernhard’s focus was to identify measures utilizing existing equipment and systems for low-cost energy savings.

The preliminary audit identified energy saving measures totaling nearly $200,000 per year in utility savings. Project savings comprised of 1,020,000 kWh and 7,830 dTh per year, reducing the facility EUI by 15%.

The suggested energy conservation measures included the following:

  • Repairing airside economizers
  • Revising central plant condenser water temperature and cooling tower fan controls
  • Implementing chilled water supply temperature and pressure setpoint resets
  • Programming air handler supply air temperature setpoint resets based on VAV feedback
  • Reducing duct static pressure setpoints

After Sutter Health decided to proceed with the energy project identified in the preliminary audit, detailed sequences of operation were drafted for all air handlers and the chilled water plant to operate according to the intent of the measures identified. All proposed operational changes were approved by Eden Medical Center’s facility staff and reviewed with the commissioning agent and BAS programmer to confirm all intentions and operating modes were met. Once the new sequences of operation were complete and approved, the programmer spent one week pre-programming the changes to be made in the existing logic of the air handlers and the chiller plant. Actual implementation occurred over a two-week dedicated effort. The first week was spent implementing the new programs and the second week utilized for testing, commissioning, and tuning of setpoint reset responses and staging timers.

The decrease in energy from the baseline performance was apparent immediately and occurs under almost all operating conditions. Verified energy savings achieved total over $240,000 per year.