Some purchasing decisions are based solely on energy savings, while others are based solely on first cost. So that a value-based purchase can be made, both first cost and operating cost need to be considered. Table 6 shows the first cost of each chiller system. The costs are for equipment only and include contractor mark-up. The cost of each water-cooled chiller includes a cooling tower, which is required. Tower pricing includes a condenser pump, condenser piping, water-treatment ...

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