SOURCE: Boca West Country Club

Boca West Country Club

April 06, 2016 17:56 ET

Boca West Country Club Builds "Chiller Plant" to Maximize Efficiency While Reducing Cost and Environmental Impact

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwired - April 06, 2016) - Boca West Country Club is maximizing energy efficiency by building a state of the art "chiller plant" for the Club's air conditioning facilities, as part of its $50 million new Golf and Sports Center renovation. The chilling plant will enable the club to eliminate the use of multiple older Freon-based air conditioning systems with a single plant and produce chilled water and ice that is used throughout the club.

The main chiller plant, the Club's primary source, consists of refrigeration equipment that produces ice that is stored in 45 large containers. This ice is made at night and other off-peak times when the electricity rates are low. Water is circulated through the ice tanks where it is cooled to approximately 42°F and then circulated to the Boca West Country Club's Sports Center, Country Club and the new Golf & Activities Center. In each of the buildings, the chilled water is circulated to the air conditioning units where air is cooled and delivered to the various rooms. After the chilled water leaves the air conditioning units, it returns to the ice tanks to be cooled again. As ice melts in the cooling process it is again frozen during the next cycle by the chiller plant.

The benefits to the chiller plant are numerous, including:

  • Environmental benefits in the elimination of 34 Freon-based split systems with a central plant with capacity to replace additional systems as they need replacement
  • Removal of equipment from the roof areas
  • Higher efficiency and lower operating costs
  • Lower maintenance with one central plants versus multiple air conditioning systems
  • A new and more effective control system for temperature and humidity
  • Longer life of water cooled chillers (20-25 years) versus air cooled chillers (8 to 12 years).
  • The savings in energy provides a payback of the initial cost for the ice storage system in 5 to 7 years

About Boca West Country Club

An award-winning community, home to 6,000 residents (3,400 families), with magnificent residences including townhomes, patio homes, villas, garden apartments and single-family homes. Boca West is the No. 1 Private Residential Country Club in the country and No. 1 Private Club, of all types, in Florida statewide. Boca West is a Platinum Club of America, 5-Star Private Club since 1997, and is proudly recognized as a Distinguished Emerald Club by BoardRoom Magazine since 2013. For more information, visit http://www.bocawestcc.org

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