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12/23/2008

Energy Conservation Saves School District $1.8 Million

 
The White Oak Independent School District (ISD) in White Oak, TX, is implementing more than $1.8 million in facility enhancements designed to improve operations, comfort, and efficiency at nine district buildings totaling 413,000 square feet.

Located in the pine forests of northeast Texas, White Oak ISD serves approximately 1,300 students at four schools. A number of facility problems were recently identified, including boiler and chiller failures, poorly performing pneumatic controls, antiquated gym lighting, and high utility costs.

The school district used performance contracting to pay for the improvements. "As we faced the failure of our mechanical systems, our district did not have bond money or a large general fund to address these capital needs," says Michael Gilbert, White Oak ISD superintendent. "We are also potentially facing higher utility costs when the local power company deregulates in a few years. The performance contract provides a solution for our most pressing problems."

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.

White Oak ISD's facility challenges will be resolved with several energy-conservation measures. Mechanical-system upgrades will include installing two new boilers, two new chillers, eight new pumps, and retrofitting 10 air-handlers. A district-wide energy-management system (EMS) will tie all the systems together to ensure comfort and efficiency. Humidity and CO2 sensors will be installed throughout the facility, which will automatically adjust ventilation based on real-time readings. High-efficiency classroom lighting and competition gym lighting will also be installed to lower utility charges while improving visibility.
 

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Xcel Energy’s Data Center Efficiency program can help data centers and large-scale IT operations improve reliability and energy efficiency.


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.

When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality. 

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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