Energy Auditing in

Harlem, New York

Harlem, New York

Just this past spring, the EWB-USA CCNY was approved for an energy auditing project in our hometown, Harlem, New York. The domestic team will be working with the Broadway Presbyterian Church, located just 15 minutes away from campus! 

The team will conduct an assessment of the church’s past energy performance and create a list of energy conservation measures (ECMs), With this, the church can find ways to save money and allocate funds to their various programs and needed repairs

The main activities of our building energy audit will include assessing use and costs of the church’s energy systems. Our focus will be on electricity use and evaluating the current conditions of the building’s lighting systems. We will also identify and recommend energy efficiency, building operation, and maintenance cost saving initiatives. We will pinpoint the primary sources of energy loss for the lighting systems and propose ECMs that are cost effective and energy efficient.  We will begin with low investment, fast turnaround, and high return on investment (ROI) measures involving existing equipment, many of which can be implemented by the church’s own personnel.

Our chapter has currently partnered with Antuan Cannon, the CEO of Envirolution One LCC, a green development company that focuses on energy efficiency and job training. Antuan has been personally training EWB-USA CCNY’s members over the past semester in a series of hands-on energy auditing workshops. Through these sessions, the students are learning a breakdown of the 3 Levels of Auditing as specified by the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The team has also been learning how to define the components and characteristics of billing analysis such as utility rates analysis and total annual energy consumption and costs for both electricity and fuel use. Other than the material we came to learn throughout these workshops, we will be trained in tasks such as conducting a walkthrough of a basic analysis of a client’s energy bills

The Community

The Broadway Presbyterian Church (BPC) was established in 1912 and is located on 114th Street in Harlem, New York. The Church’s mission is to “communicate the Gospel through worship and work; to welcome, care for, and encourage the people of this community regardless of ethnic heritage, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic standing; and to promote a just society, demonstrating in word and deed the love of Christ for all people”. Through this mission, they have several programs including Broadway Community, which serves as a food pantry, social services center, and homeless shelter. They are also very involved with the Harlem community by offering Bible studies, pub theology, community softball, a safe place for the LGBTQ community, a rooftop garden, and most importantly a place of worship.

BPC currently does not have the adequate funds to complete an energy audit. It is owned and funded solely by the congregation, which hosts multiple events throughout the year on top of their community programs. The church is also undergoing a critical facade repair due to aging and exposure to the weather.

Where We Are Now

The core team continues to prepare themselves with the vast field of energy consumption, ranging from lighting systems to heating systems. As we prepare ourselves for a walkthrough of the Broadway Presbyterian Church, the next step in this project is the billing analysis. 

We will accomplish this goal by analyzing the past energy performance of the building, benchmarking the building energy use, identifying the most cost-effective energy conservation measures, and highlighting sources of energy conservation incentives and financing. 

As the fall semester approaches, we are excited to meet the new group of students looking to get involved with our domestic project.