ERIC Number: EJ1006709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: N/A
Capturing & Reusing Air Handler Condensate without Digging up the Campus
Pruitt, Olen L.; Guccione, Patrick D.
Facilities Manager, v29 n2 p32-37 Mar-Apr 2013
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has experienced rapid growth in the last decade. In addition to educating over 17,000 students annually, UAB is a major research facility and academic healthcare center. Due to growth and expansion, UAB requires more and more water to sustain operations. The central chilled water system serves over half the campus. The buildings served by this system are critical facilities (60% acute healthcare and 40% research labs). Reliability of this system is imperative, making the supply of water to sustain system operations vital. During peak summer months, the UAB central chilled water system requires over 1.2 million gallons of cooling tower makeup water daily due to evaporative and blowdown losses. UAB considered recovering and using the millions of gallons of high-quality condensate water being wasted down the drain. The main obstacle was that most of the condensate would be collected in buildings far from the cooling towers where the water was needed. However, a simple solution was already in place: the existing chilled water distribution system piping could be used to move the condensate from the buildings to the main plants.
Descriptors: Facilities Management, Educational Facilities, Universities, Water, Recycling, Climate Control, Energy Conservation, Sustainability, Reliability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama