BALBOA PARKS CULTURAL PARTNERSHIP

Technologies

CompuAir air-handling unit with a capacity of 7.5 tons on the roof of Casa de Ba
CompuAir air-handling unit with a capacity of 7.5 tons on the roof of Casa de Balboa.

BPCP’s collaborative model allows it to implement efficiency technologies that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive. For example, BPCP and its partners are developing a plan for the most efficient and practical way to implement large-scale solar power in the park. Other examples of technologies and practices adopted by member institutions, and the resulting benefits, include:

  • A white roof at the San Diego Natural History Museum, which reduces peak cooling demand and GHGs by 10-15 percent.
  • A chiller retrofit at the Natural History Museum, which saves $1,000 to $1,500 daily.
  • Solar panels: The WorldBeat Center was the first to install solar panels in Balboa Park and has plans to expand its solar initiatives in upcoming years. Additionally, there are currently 10,000 square feet of solar PV panels on the roof of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.
  • Scales on Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and San Diego Natural History Museum waste dumpsters, help these institutions to better understand their waste generation and identify areas to increase recycling.
  • Building energy consumption controls, monitoring, and benchmarking tools such as the EPA ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, Building Energy Management Systems (EMS), updated lighting and HVAC controls, and SDG&E kWickview.

To foster collaboration and energy monitoring among its member institutions, BPCP uses several different websites.  The project management site, zoho.com, provides sustainability documentation to all Park institutions. BPCP also uses EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, a free and secure online tool for benchmarking energy and water consumption across the entire portfolio of buildings to help identify under-performing buildings and to verify efficiency improvements. Additionally, many buildings are changing to web-based EMS to optimize energy management and more easily share information.  In addition to supporting individual institution’s own sustainability projects, BPCP also advocates and works to make common spaces in Balboa Park more sustainable. 

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