Mingei International Museum Completes its EECBG Air Conditioning Retrofit
The Mingei International Museum has critical infrastructure that provides air conditioning. The building's air conditioning comes from an HVAC, which stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Their HVAC serves dual purposes - protects the sensitive art while keeping visitors comfortable while they view the art. Consequently the building requires considerable energy to provide this resource. The Mingei received funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) and San Diego Gas & Electric's Incentive and Rebate program to complete an energy saving retrofit of the HVAC.
The Mingei recently completed an air handler retrofit of their HVAC unit that is expected to save about fifteen percent in utility costs a year. This is money the Mingei can now reinvest in the Museum and collections. Furthermore, the project is projected to reduce energy use by approximately thirty percent in combination with a state-of-the-art variable frequency drives to create an “All Variable Speed Central Plant.” This project is expected to complete by early September.