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June 6, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Dodge City Schools

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“I can hear my teacher now.” That was one student’s reaction in Dodge City, Kansas, after the school district began renovating each of its 10 schools’ HVAC systems. When it paired our Water-source Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) with geothermal technology in two of its buildings, that same wonderful thing happened – suddenly, students could hear their teachers. Additionally, the district saw reduced utility bills, green certification and satisfied teachers.

Each summer now, the district focuses efforts on one renovation. Our water-source VRF technology entered the scene during the second summer as part of improving conditions in the 35,000-square-foot Central Elementary School (Central) – a two-story brick facility built in 1927. Water-source VRF paired with geothermal technology replaced outdated, inefficient HVAC systems. VRF brought efficiency, true zoning and excellent control to that pairing.

The following summer, Wilroads Elementary School (Wilroads) – a 19,000-square-foot building from the 1950s – was renovated by pairing our water-source VRF systems with geothermal technology. Drew Rose, electrical engineer, Integrated Consulting Engineers, Inc., Wichita, Kansas, has served as the project manager and designer for the ongoing Dodge City Schools projects. Rose said of the Wilroads installation that “everyone’s been satisfied since, and the teachers were really excited to get something that works without being loud.”

Both Central and Wilroads also earned ENERGY STAR® certification; Central even got a score of 91! “When you think about how it was built in 1927, well, we think that’s pretty impressive,” said William Hammond, the district’s executive director of business operations.

The Dodge City Unified School District’s energy manager, Morris Reeves, spoke of the decision to use VRF: “We work every day to conserve energy. Energy conserved is more money for the classroom – that’s what we’re all about.” Hammond added: “I like being green to save energy and resources, and being green to save money. I try to find projects that do both.” By pairing our water-source VRF systems with geothermal technology, the school district was able to do both. This pairing even earned the district a claim of $215,000 in grants and rebates. And now, nearly 7,000 students can hear their teachers.

To read more about Dodge City Schools, check out the case study.

February 27, 2014, 10:26 am

Mitsubishi Electric Talks Energy Savings for Historic Retrofits in Home Energy Magazine


Our own Pam Androff recently penned an article for Home Energy magazine, the premier publication for residential building pros focused on energy reducing practices. Appearing in the January/February 2014 edition, Pam’s article profiles the Mitsubishi Electric installation at Baltimore’s Union Mill, an 1886 historic stone mill, which underwent an adaptive reuse from an industrial plant to a mixed-use facility housing retail space and apartments.

Certified under Baltimore City Green Building Standards, the retrofit of the 10,000-square-foot facility featured energy-saving features such as our R2-Series system, a centralized controller with a Tenant Billing function as well as high performance makeup air, energy recovery ventilation, double-pane low-e windows and the thermal mass provided by the building’s 2-foot thick original stone walls. Driven by models that compared standard packaged central units to our VRF zoning system, the project engineers were able to project an overall energy savings of 40,000 kWh annually.

According to Pam, “The project’s baseline modeling methodology was consistent with LEED® and ASHRAE 90.1 protocols, and the proposed energy efficiencies resulted in a whopping $164,258 cash rebate from Baltimore Gas & Electric’s Smart Energy Savers Program.”

To read more of Pam’s article, check it out on Home Energy’s website here. You can find a case study as well as testimonials from the Union Mill project team here.

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