Did you know that energy can be recycled in ways similar to newspaper or aluminum cans? If not, you will soon be able to experience this at the Columbia Association’s (CA) Supreme Sports Club.
Exercising not only builds strong muscle and cardio endurance, it also generates heat. A person exercising at one of CA’s athletic facilities gives off a great deal of heat energy as those calories are being burned. The air-conditioning systems at the CA gyms work hard to transfer that heat to the outdoor environment and to make the space comfortable for our members.
CA will soon initiate a project at the Supreme Sports Club that will replace several of the air-conditioning units with new high-efficiency models to save energy, improve reliability and reduce operating costs. In addition to being very efficient mechanically, the new equipment will include a heat recovery system linked to the hot water supply.
Instead of simply transferring the heat from inside the building to the outdoors, these new units will transfer that heat to the incoming water supply for showers and other uses. The new equipment will reduce energy consumption and costs associated with hot water used at the facility through this innovative approach to recycling heat energy.
Later this year when you are “feeling the burn” at the Supreme Sports Club you can go the extra mile knowing some of that heat energy will be coming back to you in your post-workout shower. And at the same time CA will be conserving energy, reducing costs, and improving the sustainability of our operations.
— Written by Jeremy Scharfenberg, CEM