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Honeywell Helps Illinois Schools Cut Energy Costs

July 10, 2006
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MINNEAPOLIS - Honeywell announced that it has been awarded $8.8 million in contracts to upgrade building systems and reduce energy costs in four Illinois school districts: Schuyler-Industry School District in Rushville, Paw Paw School District in Paw Paw, Butler School District in Oak Brook, and Ridgeview School District in Colfax. The districts will fund the improvement from the energy and operational savings they produce. And the savings are guaranteed by Honeywell under a performance contract - which varies in length depending on the work and projected payback - with each district.

"Buildings require major investments over the course of their lives, but like many districts, we haven't had the funding to make necessary changes," said Matt Plater, superintendent of Schuyler-Industry School District. "Our contract with Honeywell allows us to make improvements that provide optimal comfort and efficiency. As energy costs continue to rise, the return on investment increases."

As part of a 20-year, $2.3 million performance contract with Schuyler-Industry, Honeywell will provide capital upgrades to the district's high school. The work is expected to cut energy costs by 25 percent, and includes the replacement of a 50-year-old steam boiler with a new HVAC system. Honeywell also will install its Enterprise Building Integrator (EBI), a management platform that integrates core building functions. EBI will allow the school to control the environment of each classroom from a single workstation, increasing comfort for students and productivity for facility personnel.

In addition, Honeywell will replace all windows at the high school, which comprise almost half of the building's exterior surface, with double-pane, energy-efficient windows. This and other improvements will limit excess drafts, and reduce heating and cooling losses.

For the Paw Paw School District, Honeywell will provide $1.98 million in capital upgrades for three schools (high school, middle school, and an elementary school) through a 20-year performance contract. Among the enhancements are high-efficiency lighting, thermal windows and window wall systems, new exterior entrance doors, an updated HVAC system with redundant, high-efficiency hot water boilers, and a temperature control system for classroom energy management.

"From an energy standpoint, we needed new and effective measures to make the building more efficient," said Paw Paw Superintendent Robert Priest. "We've replaced our old methods, such as keeping the shades drawn in the winter to keep out the cold, with practical and reliable improvements that will result in big savings."

At Ridgeview, Honeywell is providing capital upgrades as part of a 20-year, $3.66 million performance contract to three schools (high school, middle school, and an elementary school). The district used state-provided School Fire Prevention and Safety Bonds to pay for a majority of the upgrades, which include new double-pane, energy-efficient windows, a new HVAC system with an emergency generator, electrical upgrades, new lighting and drop ceilings, a new temperature control system, and a code-compliant fire alarm system.

Honeywell's 10-year, $874,000 performance contract with the Butler School District will provide capital upgrades to two elementary schools. Work at one of the schools involves updating the HVAC system and sealing the building envelope around the foundation, roof, and walls to minimize air leakage. The other school will receive new windows and doors, as well as seals between classrooms that are expected to produce substantial energy savings and improve acoustics.

Honeywell will complete work in the main academic areas of all affected buildings before the back-to-school period in August 2006.

"Despite the reality of tight budgets, aging infrastructure, and rising energy costs, school districts have options when it comes to improving their facilities and operations," said Joe Puishys, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. "Through performance contracts, Honeywell is helping districts create more comfortable and effective learning environments without impacting budgets."

For more information about Honeywell Building Solutions, visit

Publication date: 07/10/2006

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