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Biddford High school old boiler before picture of change over from oil to natural gas with IBC stainless steel boilers.

Finished IBC boiler install Biddeford center of Technology converting from two very large oil boilers to Modulating IBC boilers.

Jim Godbout Plumbing & Heating Inc. P.O. Box 365, 48 Elm street
Biddeford, ME 04005http://www.jimgodbout.com/ Specialty General Heating Contractor

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Jim Godbout Phone 207-283-1200 Fax 207-283-2739

Jim Godbout Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Jim Godbout Plumbing & Heating Inc. has been in business for 30 years with 17 employees carrying licenses and certifications in Plumbing, oil, gas, electricity, refrigeration, solar, geothermal, 13D sprinkler certification.

Business was built on honesty, integrity, education, while building sustainable relationships, Our company has never even listed our number in the Phone book, we have relied on networking.

The company Focus is to teach consumers best options mechanically for homes and businesses, while educating them on importance of building envelope.

My key to success… hard work, honesty, time management, and communication.

We are very active in our community, very active member of Biddeford-Saco Rotary, Local Chamber of Commerce, Board member YMCA of southern Maine, We mentor for many youth groups, Habitat for Humanity supporters, Local Bank Corporator, Local Hospital Corporator, and making sure local food pantries remain sustainable.

We have many trade organizations which we have been associated either as officer or members such as president PHCC of Maine, Taco Product development advisory board, Viessmann, also we Started mechanical trades association of southern Maine to promote education in trades 20 years ago.

Biddeford High School oil to gas conversion

Challenge

We were approached by city of Biddeford just as we were several years prior on another project at their ice arena, & city hall to help them conserve energy. This time they needed help at local high school.

The city hall was an interesting project which we converted archaic oil steam system to natural gas hybrid system using staging commercial mod cons (first in U.S.) and Air source heat pumps by Daikin back in 2005. (savings have been in excess of 20K per year at this building)

We have come a long way in several years and had similar project for city to do at their high school.

No gas present, very old hydronic system, oversized boilers, and pump typical for school system.

Approach

Solicit and convince it would be worthwhile for local natural gas supplier in area to bring gas to building approximately a mile.

This would allow us to use modulating staging gas boiler for optimum efficiency of system.

It took a year but succeeded in getting fuel service to building.

Designed system and had mechanical engineer approve design.

Solution

Most people know we are Viessmann supporters all the way and have been for a long time, so when I approached with another product I had to do some selling.
Viessmann at the time did not have what I was looking for.

Our company optioned to use Canadian made boiler IBC for its modulation, control strategy and sustainable 316 TI stainless heat exchanger.This was an easy choice even though it was very new to New England we had tremendous support from our rep RST form a project we had just completed at the Sanford YMCA with IBC.

We had to contract excavation contractor and environmental agency to pump and remove 5000 gallon fuel tank. The crew had to remove two very large cast iron boilers the size of small automobiles.

In order to perform to my standards the boiler room must be perfect. This required major cleaning and painting of space before we got started. Boiler rack was constructed of uni-strut and bolted to floor and ceiling.

IBC boilers hung, piped with Viega propress, Taco and Wilo pumps were used with ECM technology to conserve energy. (very new at the time which we had been using on a few geothermal jobs to dial in flow rate with great success)

Wiring and setup of IBC was a breeze, simple daisy chain of controls, set up master and slaves for full modulation from 80,000 BTUS up to 1.6 million BTUS.

Finished project just as first week of school 2011 was starting.

First-year fuel savings using degrees days as comparative were in excess of $20,000.00 again city was delighted with results of heating upgrades. System paying for itself in less than five years while reducing emissions.