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Facilities covered in the contract include Dallas City Hall, the Central Public Library, the city-owned parking garage in the downtown Arts District, a community recreation center, a branch library, and a satellite municipal center.
"This contract allows the city of Dallas to maximize energy efficiency as well as implement needed infrastructure replacements and upgrades that have been deferred or delayed due to budgetary constraints, even though the improvements are necessary and appropriate," said Dean Meyer, president of TAC Americas. Building lighting, HVAC systems, and other systems will be upgraded and/or replaced as part of this contract, according to Meyer.
"Besides reducing energy costs, these improvements will enhance occupant comfort, reduce deferred maintenance, decrease the need for capital dollars, replace banned refrigerants with environmentally friendly coolants, and lower the number of hot and cold service calls in these facilities," said Meyer.
Improvements include complete lighting retrofits at all the facilities; new chillers for Dallas City Hall and the branch library; a new boiler at the community center; and replacements or upgrades to the cooling towers at the Central Library, City Hall, the community center, and the satellite municipal center. In addition, TAC VistaÂ® building automation systems will be used at all the facilities to monitor and control the mechanical systems and energy consumption.
Meyer added, "Dallas will also benefit from using TAC Vista, our LonWorksÂ®-based building management software, for the controls in each of these facilities. Offering the benefits of an open architecture, TAC Vista combines environmental controls with facility and energy management features into a single, seamlessly interoperable open solution."
Two separate LoanSTAR (Save Taxes and Resources) loans from SECO, one in the amount of $5 million and the other for $4.5 million, will finance the performance contract. The loans are funded with grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and are administered by SECO. The LoanSTAR program is part of a statewide initiative to improve energy efficiency and upgrade equipment at public buildings across Texas.
In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a model to quantify the emissions benefits of energy efficient buildings. TAC's performance contract for the city of Dallas will be one of the first projects of this type to be measured and tracked by the EPA in an effort to document and prove that energy efficiency in buildings is a cost-effective way to reduce emissions. Ultimately, these emissions reductions will be included in the state of Texas' plan for achieving compliance with the federal Clean Air Act.
Publication date: 02/09/2004