CPS Energy has recently presented the Texas Biomedical Research Institute with a $76,500 rebate check for the use of energy efficient mechanical and electrical equipment used at the Earl Slick Research Center. The Earl Slick Research Center was inaugurated in March 2014 on the Texas Biomedical Research Institute campus and was designed including a series of resources to improve sustainability and energy efficiency.
Sustainability and energy efficiency are key features needed for the center to receive LEED certification, a designation granted by the U.S. Green Building Council that assesses projects’ leadership in green building by saving money and resources, having a positive impact on the health of occupants, and promoting renewable, clean energy. In order to accomplish these goals, the Earl Slick Research Center applied to the CPS Energy Rebate Program.
Principal Engineer for Texas Biomed James Lube and McKinstry Account Executive Thursten Simonsen were selected to lead the process based on their proven experience in similar past projects. The two professionals identified the strengths and needs of the 70,000-square-foot center, which includes an expanded office and laboratory space, to apply for the rebate, focusing on the mechanical and electrical design features incorporated into the building.
“McKinstry was familiar with the CPS Energy Rebate process and was therefore asked to assist Texas Biomed with the preparation of the application,” explained Lube in a press release. Texas Biomed had already collaborated on several energy efficiency upgrades throughout the campus with the engineering company McKinstry, which is specialized in designing and building energy efficient infrastructures.
“After several weeks of compiling the data and modifying energy usage models, we submitted the application,” continued Lube. Following the application, the campus was visited by a CPS inspector, who verified the equipment included in the list sent with the application, compared it against the rebate criteria, and fulfilled the standard procedure.
“Once the inspection was complete, CPS computed the total rebate amount and sent Texas Biomed a check for $76,500,” added Lube, by the time the Texas Biomed received the CPS Energy check for selected equipment meant to enhance energy efficiency in the Earl Slick Research Building. “CPS Energy’s rebate program is extremely valuable, and we are certainly thrilled with the outcome, and we appreciate McKinstry’s assistance throughout the process.”