ABOUT THE PROJECT
Through a competitive process, Kansas City Public Schools partnered with Trane to address building maintenance and energy efficiency issues throughout the District. This public-private partnership was a unique approach – allowing the District to use energy savings to fund the necessary upgrades – saving taxpayer dollars.
Construction on the project began in July 2015 and was completed in early 2017. Trane technicians spent eighteen months fixing, repairing and replacing more than 3,200 pieces of equipment throughout the District.
Building Improvements included:
- High-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to improve indoor air quality, increase ventilation and raise classroom thermal comfort.
- Recommissioning and refurbishment of existing HVAC equipment to optimize performance.
- High performance lighting systems to provide optimal lighting.
- Low-flow water fixtures to conserve water and reduce sewage.
- District-wide building automation system installation and/or upgrades which will enable operations staff to centrally control the HVAC systems to optimize energy and operational efficiencies while improving classroom comfort.
The energy efficiency upgrades have resulted in a savings of nearly 32 percent in utility costs. The project addressed approximately $30 million in energy efficiency upgrades which have drastically improved the educational environment for the students and teachers with improved comfort and humidity control.
Additionally, Trane assisted the district in obtaining $1.3 million in rebates from Kansas City Power & Light.
The project not only improved the learning environment and made good business sense for the District, but it also created a large number of jobs. At any given time throughout the 2-year project there were over 120 skilled laborers employed.
Darrel Meyer, Kansas City Public Schools Chief Operations Officer said, “The energy performance project with Trane has been very successful. Systems that hadn’t worked properly for years were either replaced or repaired to provide a better educational environment for students, staff and parents. The District is educating staff and teachers on additional ways to save energy, and are even taking some of the learnings into the classroom.”
Performance guarantee funds re-commissioning to restore mechanical equipment operation throughout District, resulting in significant energy savings, enhanced educational environment, and $1.3 million in utility rebates.