Polaris Cold Storage
SEQUIL Systems, Inc., a respected sustainability advisory group out of Delray Beach Florida, asked Cyclone to partner with their efforts advising the design and LEED Certification of a new refrigerated cold storage warehouse outside of Bogotá, Columbia. The refrigerated warehouse consisted of two floors with temperature control zones between -31ºF and 36ºF for food storage. The attached office is three floors and was naturally ventilated. Cyclone studied the production refrigeration load, truck loading behavior and schedules, and consulted with the refrigeration equipment manufacturer to gain an understanding of the sequence of operation of the whole system in order to simulate performance. Cyclone is one of the only companies in the world with experience simulating the energy performance of refrigeration systems. In 2013, Benjamin Skelton, President and Founder of Cyclone, co-authored the Energy Modeling Guideline for Cold Storage and Refrigerated Warehouse Facilities for the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC) and the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW.) Upon publication, this guideline became the industry standard and reference for modeling energy performance in cold storage warehouse. Working closely with SEQUIL Systems, the project went through LEED review and received only three minor comments. Originally the project anticipated six LEED points from the energy model, however Cyclone’s expertise with this type of facility allowed the project to earn ten points, 25% of all points needed to earn Certification.