Vital Statistics
City of Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Facilities Facts:
Initial Enterprise Sustainability Platform (ESP) implementation for 6 buildings totaling 1.3 million sq ft.
Reasons for Implementing:
Reduce energy and space costs; improve operating efficiency of HVAC equipment; create greener government operations.
Benefits Gained:
>$600,000 annual savings from better space allocation, eliminated lease costs, and improved energy efficiency; faster repair and re-commissioning of HVAC systems.
Business Partner:
Talisen Technologies, Inc.
Web Site:
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Kansas City Saves $600,000 Annually with ARCHIBUS Enterprise Sustainability Platform

The City of Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri and the anchor city of the nation’s 29th largest metropolitan statistical area. Kansas City is also a nationally recognized green city that embarked on an ambitious energy-conservation program several years ago in support of the Mayor’s and City Council’s initiatives to become a national leader in sustainability. After a detailed RFP was issued to several potential vendors, the contract was awarded to Johnson Controls (JCI) and ARCHIBUS Business Partner Talisen Technologies.

“The two companies designed a technical solution to address the City’s key environmental issues by creating an Enterprise Sustainability Platform” (ESP), says Kansas City’s Manager of Facility Services, Robert Rives. “Those issues included consolidating data scattered in data silos, gaining visibility into rising utility costs and energy usage, creating a single view into maintenance and energy usage patterns, and overall better tracking of real estate and leases that impact energy use.”

Kansas City is also investing in a renewable energy project that will generate 5 kW of photovoltaic-based electricity and 6 kW of wind energy. The plan also calls for 1000 gal/day of solar-heated water in two systems.

To create a single-platform Total Cost of Ownership model, the City of Kansas City implemented a range of ARCHIBUS real estate and facilities management applications to lower energy costs and help reduce portfolio/lease expenses at six proof-of-concept facilities before staging a larger rollout city-wide.

$6M Budget, 1.3M Sq Ft; 5 Applications

In spite of a weak economy and other hurdles, Kansas City recognized the importance of the project, which was budgeted at $6 million to affect six facilities, totaling 1.3 million sq ft of space. Those facilities were targeted for lighting upgrades, HVAC re-commissioning, HVAC conversion from Dual Duct Constant Air Volume (DDCAV) to Dual Duct Variable Air Volume (DDVAV), as well as variable-speed drives on air-handling units and pump motors. The project started with three facilities updating their building automation systems (BAS) and the other three installing new ones. Tenant space was submetered, and the implementation team worked with local utilities to obtain near real-time metering and interval data for electricity, steam, and chilled water.

In addition to integrating existing software systems and databases and implementing monitoring capabilities, the project also deployed the ARCHIBUS Portfolio Management, Lease Administration, On Demand Work, Preventive Maintenance, and Cost Chargeback & Invoicing applications. These ARCHIBUS applications provide reporting capabilities essential to space and energy-use analysis. Integrated with the BAS, ARCHIBUS On Demand Work helps automate responses to BAS-detected and other problems; ARCHIBUS Preventive Maintenance adds the proactive maintenance practices needed to help sustain operational and energy efficiency in HVAC and other systems.

Improved Accountability and Energy Management

As a result of the ESP implementation, Kansas City is now able to measure, monitor, and verify buildings’ performance as well as renewable energy usage. The city is also able to continuously commission buildings, analyze whether operational changes are having the intended impact, and determine if conservation measures are meeting expectations.

“We’ve saved $250,000 through more efficient use of space at our existing facilities, which avoids renting space unnecessarily,” Rives reports. “The City saved another $200,000 through the discovery of inconsistencies in lease agreements, such as CPI [Consumer Price Index] adjustments not being applied and nonpayments by tenants.”

“In addition, the City reduced electricity consumption at one of its parking garages by 29%, saving $48,000 annually, and accomplished a similar feat at the Health Department, reducing consumption by 27% and saving over $100,000 annually in electricity costs there. The introduction of LED lighting, with their 100,000-hour lifespan, has also reduced maintenance requirements. By using the information and features provided by the ESP, we have lowered operational costs and provided a more proactive maintenance practice, which has improved poorly operating HVAC systems through faster repair and re-commissioning.”

That success has won Kansas City numerous gold and silver environmental awards from the Environmental Management Commission and the Kansas City Industrial Council. It also explains why Kansas City is planning to eventually add the ARCHIBUS Green Building, Waste Management, and Environmental Health & Safety applications to its environmental toolkit, and ultimately manage all city government buildings with ARCHIBUS.