The Sustainability Project at MIA is part of a large-scale energy and water conservation effort by FPL Services and the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. This project is one of the largest energy performance contracts ever undertaken in Florida and includes the installation of energy-efficient lighting, water conservation retrofits, air conditioning and ventilation upgrades, and other innovative solutions to optimize energy management. Over the next 14 years, the project will generate more than $40 million in energy and water savings for Miami International Airport.
Our history of energy conservation
For the past decade, MIA has partnered with FPL Services to implement multiple energy conservation projects throughout the airport. Currently in Phase 3, the timeline below highlights our projects and accomplishments in becoming a leader in airport sustainability.
2005: MIAs Buildings 25, 100, and Garages
This project included a comprehensive analysis of the energy systems at MIA. Through this evaluation, the following energy conservation and equipment upgrades were recommended and implemented:
Lighting retrofits for parking garages
Complete renovation of lighting system including daylighting controls for the hangar area Building 25
Chiller replacement (two 450-ton) and plant controls
Chiller plant upgrade including larger chillers, new chilled water and condenser water pumps for Building 100
Cooling tower retrofits, control modifications for the air handling units (AHUs), connection of the chiller plant control system to the MIA building management system (BMS), and modifications to the primary/secondary chilled water piping
Replaced six air handling units (AHUs) in Building 25, including converting four units to variable flow
Water conservation with the installment of low-flow fixtures
Despite hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jean, the project was completed on time and on budget.
2006: MIA’s 4,000-Ton Chiller Installation
This project included upgrading the chiller plant to enhance reliability and the comfort of traveling passengers, employees and tenants within the airport. The project enhancements included:
Decommissioning of 6,000-ton chiller and installation of a 4,000-ton chiller in new chiller plant
The decommissioning of the west central chiller plant, which included five 1,200-ton chillers, five 1,200 ton cooling towers, five 40 HP chiller pumps, five 75-HP condenser water pumps and four primary chilled water pumps
2010: MIA Terminal - Phase 1
Through engineering analysis, system design and construction, more than 4.7M square feet within the airport terminal and concourses were analyzed. The energy efficiency upgrades improved the comfort, safety and aesthetics of the airport and included:
Retrofit more than 23,000 lighting fixtures which resulted in improved light levels
Replaced more than 5,400 Mercury Vapor fixtures, which can no longer be used (per EPAct 2005, with T5 fluorescent and metal halide lights
Increased levels increased on average by 1.5 to 2 times
Replaced seven air handling units with conversion to low flow
Saved approximately $1M in energy savings each year plus an annual average of $156,000 in savings on materials over a ten-year period is expected
Featured in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Airport Magazine
2011: MIA Terminal - Phase 2
Additional locations throughout the airport were part of this phase, including Concourses E, F, G, H and Satellite E and Baggage Make-Up areas. This project included:
Improved lighting levels by retrofitting more than 16,000 fixtures
Replaced more than 4,250 Mercury Vapor fixtures, which can no longer be used (per EPAct 2005, with T5 fluorescent and metal halide lights
Replaced more than 850 High Pressure Sodium fixtures (yellow light) with induction fluorescent lights
Increased light levels increased on average by 1.5 to 2 times
Implemented Occupancy Sensors
MIA will realize guaranteed savings of at least $8.4M from this project phase
2015: MIA Terminal - Phase 3
Terminal Phase 3, currently in construction, will save MIA more than $40 million in energy and water savings over the next 14 years. This phase will:
Save 17 million kilowatts of energy each year
Save 28 million gallons of water each year
Reduce operational costs
Streamline maintenance by eliminating 400 types of lighting fixtures through upgrades and standardization
Replace more than 65,000 light bulbs with new energy efficient ones
The savings are the equivalent of the annual carbon emissions of 5,110 automobiles and 28 million gallons of water (or 43 Olympic-size swimming pools). The implementation of the current project phase has created more than 300 new jobs during construction.
Now boarding: Energy Savings.
Controlling temperature, humidity, and CO2 monitoring in a space as large as MIA is quite a task. That’s why we’ve replaced our air-handling units with more efficient ones, which have energy management controls and new valves and sensors.
Energy efficiency is the key to our future, and we’re working to save 35 million kilowatts of energy each year.
Bringing airport equipment up-to-date with highly efficient replacements saves energy and time, with less maintenance required and easier energy control. We’re even taking preventative measures to reduce the amount of flickers that can cause interruptions and system downtime. In areas like baggage claim, this improvement is critical and has resulted in faster baggage pickup for travelers and a better overall airport experience.
Not All Bulbs Are Created Equal.
Introducing a more streamlined approach to lighting. Fewer kinds of lighting systems mean fewer parts and pieces to keep track of and store. And more efficient bulbs mean maintenance might not have to replace a single light bulb for 10 years.
We’ve eliminated 400 different types of lighting, streamlining maintenance to save time and kilowatts.
A sight for more eyes. By upgrading more than 100,000 light bulbs, we’re making it easier for everyone to see—whether it’s a book you’re reading or an agent checking your ticket—with the right light, the airport is moving even more smoothly.
Water, water everywhere. And now, there’s even more.
Using less water is good for all of us. There have been a lot of changes to help the airport use less water, like switching out front-load washers and upgrading the restroom facilities. And, with more efficient air conditioning systems and air cooling systems, travelers stay cool while using less energy.
We’re using less water, saving up to 28 million gallons annually.
What is 28 million gallons? So far, the airport has saved the equivalent of about 42 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
With the Sustainability Project at MIA, we’re reducing our carbon footprint while adding more than 300 jobs to our community.
Carlos Jose, Assistant Director, Facilities Management MIA is committed to producing less greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the airport’s carbon footprint by 20%. With new efficiency and energy saving measures in effect, and more yet to come, we can make our airport more efficient while using less energy than ever before.
With the Sustainability project at MIA, we’re reducing our carbon footprint while adding more than 300 jobs to our community.
More jobs for our community. These changes are happening thanks to companies and businesses located right here in Florida. So far more than 300 jobs have been created and as the project continues, this number will only grow.