EPAct 2005 building related energy standards with 50% annual energy reduction.
When BMW needed additional production capacity at its most utilized campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina, they needed a firm known for their expertise in automotive facility design. Having completed a previous energy study for the automotive manufacturer and with recognized capabilities, SSOE was secured for the project. The expansion allowed BMW to increase their output from 160,000 to 240,000 automobiles annually.
SSOE provided the detailed architectural design as well as civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and fire protection engineering services for the assembly plant built on an existing BMW site. With a multi-discipline team in place, SSOE’s scope for the new facility included design for parking areas, a central energy plant, conveyor enclosures, and all utilities required for the plant. Working against a compressed construction schedule, a comprehensive planning process allowed SSOE to meet an aggressive four-month design schedule. The results were plans for an energy efficient building, designed for future expandability.
SSOE also had to consider site challenges, including the property size, proximity to private residences, and mitigation of streams flowing across the corner of the property. The building’s design meets the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) standards for “Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings” and includes increases in insulation in the walls and roof, efficient lighting systems, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, and high efficiency hot water systems. The result is projected to produce a 50% total energy savings over the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommended standards.