Report Released: Optimized Operation of Indoor Public Pool Facilities

Apr 11, 2018

Pools-Pumps-(1).pngCEE released a final report for a CARD funded research project, Optimized Operation of Indoor Public Pool Facilities, which identified several site specific opportunities for energy savings in Minnesota.

This research is particularly important because energy use in indoor pool areas is three times higher than any other location in a building, yet there are few comprehensive resources available to technicians and recommissioning providers to guide the maintenance and operation of these facilities.

Service providers are often unable to research specialty equipment, develop effective monitoring methods, or conduct specialized savings calculations that fully capture the energy savings potential in indoor pool areas. In addition, there aren’t enough field-proven examples of documented savings for pool area operational improvements that CIP program providers and technicians can use when planning energy saving initiatives.

Main research highlights:

  • All four large pool sites that received detailed evaluations had HVAC control improvement opportunities amounting to annual energy savings ranging from $3,900 to $8,000 with a payback under three years.
  • Bringing the pool pump flow down to the typical requirements also provides a substantial electric savings opportunity in 1/3 to 1/2 of indoor public pools.
  • Both the specific opportunities and potential savings for both the HVAC control and pool pump flow changes vary dramatically from facility to facility.

The energy savings calculations were used to develop recommendations for Minnesota’s Technical Reference Manual and guidelines for both technicians and recommissioning providers, comprised of two guides. The first guide is intended to be used by pool operations staff, and includes 14 simple control checks that support operational efficiency. The second guide is for recommissioning engineers who conduct pool energy audits and provides information about energy saving improvements for pool operating equipment.

Related Links
Project Page
Full Report: Optimized Operation of Indoor Public Pool Facilities
Guides for Indoor Public Pool Facilities Operation & Recommissioning