We can learn about the advantages of an energy management strategy from David Birr of Synchronous Energy Solutions.Dave began his career as the energy planner for the city of Evanston, Ill., and became the primary technical consultant for Illinois' Energy Performance Contracting Program.He
also represented Chicago in electric and gas energy efficiency program proceedings as the city's primary witness on energy efficiency technologies.Dave
currently provides consulting services for energy performance projects in Colorado, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania.He also serves on the accreditation committee of the National Association of Energy Service Companies.He
is the author of School Solutions, How to Save Money and Improve Indoor Air Quality Using Energy Performance Contracts.
: Many design engineers work with tight budgets, using inexpensive, packaged HVAC equipment that is not designed to handle the outdoor air requirements of classrooms.
: Research conducted at Georgetown University
showed that average achievement scores on standardized tests were 11 percent higher for students in schools in excellent condition compared to those whose schools were in poor condition.
: Insufficient outdoor air ventilation and poor humidity control are major challenges in many schools.
: Desiccant-based recovery systems can be easily and cost-effectively integrated with conventional, packaged equipment to provide improved ventilation and good humidity control.
: Some recommended approaches are:
: Research shows that a healthy school environment can improve teacher and staff productivity by 5 percent, which, based on an annual employee cost of $50,000 (salary and fringe benefits), would be worth $2,500 per employee per year.
: More than 4,000 schools nationwide have used energy performance contracting.
You can contact Dave
by phone at 847-842-9106.To read past Facilities Management articles, visit the Fort Atkinson School District's
Web site at www.fortschools.org.Reference SDFA
Administration and on to Buildings and Grounds.Watch for Part 2 of our discussion with David Birr