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GLRPPR Sector Resource: City of Decatur Civic Center

City of Decatur Civic Center

For over three decades, the Decatur Civic Center has provided a space for community activities and recreation. The building complex was built in 1980 and now houses a theater, an ice arena, and offices for the City of Decatur. Due in part to energy price increases and aging equipment, the Civic Center's operational costs have risen sharply over the last 30 years. In 2009, the city spent over $282,000 for electricity and $38,000 for natural gas to support the 105,000 square foot building. Also in 2009, the City asked the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)to study the building's energy usage and recommend ways to lower its energy costs. A SEDAC energy assessment and analysis found that energy and cost savings could be effectively achieved by installing new lighting systems and more efficient heating and cooling systems. In 2010, SEDAC completed a second analysis performed by Sieben Energy Associates, an approved SEDAC Service Provider. This study focused on retro-commissioning (RCx)-- a process of retuning a building's systems. The RCx study found more energy savings from repairing and tuning the building automation system. Overall, the implementation of SEDAC recommendations has dropped monthly energy costs at the Decatur Civic Center by nearly 30%.


Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)

Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
Not Available

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