SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Mechanical contracting firm TAG Mechanical Systems Inc. announced that it provided HVAC mechanical systems and a 54 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the Skaneateles Village Hall in Skaneateles, N.Y. The facility is the first municipal net-zero energy building in New York State.

The Village of Skaneateles and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the grand opening of the building earlier this month. TAG Mechanical installed two Daikin McQuay SmartSource vertical inverter water source heat pumps to provide heating and cooling of the facility as part of a geothermal system, and 220 Aleo solar PV panels on the roof will generate approximately 62,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity. Electricity not used by the building will be placed on the grid.

Formerly a vacant fire station, other energy efficiency improvements include increased insulation, LED lighting, and energy efficient windows. The repurposed building now houses village offices and a police station and is designed to produce more energy than it consumes. NYSERDA provided a $546,000 grant toward the $1.5 million project through Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development initiative.

“We’re proud to be a partner to the Village of Skaneateles, whose officials have shown tremendous leadership in executing a very smart renovation resulting in the first net-zero municipal building in the state,” said Ellis Guiles, co-owner and vice president at TAG Mechanical. “This project will serve as a model for other municipalities.”

The project is expected to reduce energy usage by more than 62,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually and result in the avoidance of 46 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

TAG Mechanical Systems is a leading Syracuse, N.Y.-based commercial and residential mechanical contracting firm providing design-build, construction, installation, and repair of HVAC and renewable energy systems (including solar photovoltaic, geothermal, and micro-combined heat and power). TAG Home Performance, a division of TAG Mechanical Systems, provides an array of building science services designed to make homes and buildings healthier, safer, and more energy efficient.

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Publication date: 10/21/2013

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