North Central / Regional Reports

TAC to Increase Energy Efficiency of Kansas School

November 3, 2008
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

The Wathena Unified School District (USD) 406 in Wathena, Kan., is implementing $537,913 in facility enhancements designed to improve operations, comfort, and efficiency in the district’s 100,400-square-foot school facility. The Energy Solutions division of TAC, a provider of energy services, building automation, and security, will complete the work as a performance contract with the district. TAC guarantees that USD 406 will reduce its utility costs by more than $29,000 annually when the project is completed in February 2009.

Located in Doniphan County in northeastern Kansas, USD 406 serves students in Wathena in grades K through 12 in one main facility, parts of which are more than 50 years old. School officials contracted with TAC to resolve a variety of problems that were causing the district to use too much energy.

“Our maintenance staff was no longer able to get parts for the aging energy management system (EMS), making it increasingly difficult to keep classrooms comfortable,” said Mike Newman, superintendent of USD 406. “Furthermore, the aging boiler system needed to be replaced. TAC’s performance contract was the perfect solution to upgrade our facilities.”

Performance contracting offers many long-term benefits for school districts, such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort, financial management, and environmental protection. Typically, new, more efficient equipment and upgraded facility automation systems maximize energy efficiency and generate utility savings. TAC guarantees the amount of savings performance contracting projects will achieve and agrees to pay the difference if that amount is not realized.

To correct USD 406’s problems, TAC will replace the outdated EMS that has obsolete parts with a district-wide direct digital control (DDC) system. This will enable maintenance staff to monitor, control, and even troubleshoot problems from a single workstation. TAC will also install two new non-condensing boilers that will be much more efficient than the old hot water boiler. A comprehensive lighting retrofit that will improve illumination in the school and save energy will complete the project.

“Students, faculty, and other staff at USD 406 will enjoy a better learning and working environment as a result of these facility updates,” said Wes McDaniel, vice president of TAC Energy Solutions. “The new DDC system will eliminate the comfort problems in the school, the new lighting will create brighter spaces, and the boilers will provide more reliable heating. All of these new systems will be more energy-efficient and better for the environment as well.”

Publication date: 11/03/2008

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.

Podcasts

NEWSMakers: Mark Satterfield

Mark Satterfield, founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing Inc. and author of “The One Week Marketing Plan” talks about his book and the importance of HVAC blogging. Posted on Sept. 19.

More Podcasts

ACHRNEWS

NEWS 09-15-14 cover

2014 September 15

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Venting R-22

The NEWS reported that a man received prison time for venting R-22. Should EPA step up enforcement?
View Results Poll Archive

HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

plumbing-hvac.gif
2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research

 

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

DON'T MISS A THING

Magazine image
 
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con