Bringing the heat in sustainable energy

May 11, 2022

Bobcat statue in front of people's united center

Making the People’s United Center more energy-efficient has been a slam dunk thanks to the installation of a socially responsible system.

The 185,000 square foot athletic facility houses both basketball and hockey arenas, offices, locker rooms, the university club, meeting and conference rooms, storage and a weight training facility.

Previously, the water heating system was comprised of two 600-gallon storage tanks that were less than efficient. From upgrading the system to two consolidated units, space and energy are saved along with the reduction of carbon emissions. The new Intellihot system also improves health and safety along with making mechanical issues easier to address through remote monitoring and notifications.

The university strives to be a model for sustainability in Southern New England, building its practices and leveraging its campuses to promote a healthy regional ecosystem, and to engage in practices that equip current and future students, faculty and staff to embody sustainable practices in their personal and professional lives, preparing them to thrive in a world increasingly influenced and affected by environmental disruption. This new heating system does just that.

Superintendent of Mechanical Services for York Hill and North Haven campuses John Marquardt said he is happy with the results since the installation.

“I'm very impressed by the design of these hot water heaters and their efficiency. Not only the efficiency when burning fuel but also when cascaded together how effectively they work together to provide a constant temp,” said Marquardt. “The built-in technology for predicting component failure is awesome. PowerPoint Energy played a big part in helping the university obtain rebates through the local utility. The contractor was impressed and delighted with the ease of installation. Ultimately, I believe that Intellihot represents the future of on-demand, zero-storage, high-efficiency water heating.”

Intellihot manufactures innovative commercial water heaters and describes its products as “designed for increased efficiency, reliability, safety and sustainability.”

With up-to-date technology that conserves up to 40% of the energy lost in traditional water heating methods, the People’s United Center will be able to look forward to decades of reliable and sustainable operation.

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