PA School District Undergoes Energy-Related Improvements

Project Overview

The Union City Area School District (UCASD) in Pennsylvania was interested in contracting for a full range of energy services and energy-related improvements for their High School and Middle School, a combined total of 158,500 square feet. Most of the energy-consuming equipment systems, windows, doors, and roof had met or surpassed their expected operational life cycle since their last major renovation in 1994.

Project Scope

Stark Tech was selected through a competitive RFP process by UCASD to conduct a Comprehensive Energy Audit (CEA) for the district. During the study, the building envelope, lighting, HVAC, and central building management systems were all assessed for upgrades. Our expert team of engineers developed a list of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that, when aggregated together, could form the basis of an Energy Performance Contract.

The Primary ECMs that were recommended for the district for implementation were as follows:

  • LED fixtures (interior & external, campus-wide)
  • High efficiency boiler & domestic hot water system
  • Air Handling Units (AHUs) with controls & variable frequency drives
  • Building automation system (BAS)
  • Emergency 100kW generator
  • Building HVAC upgrades – packaged vertical unit ventilators with AC roof top units (RTUs) with AC

Project Result

All the Energy Conservation Measures mentioned have been successfully put into action, resulting in an annual savings of approximately $55,213 for the district. Additionally, these upgrades have enhanced the indoor learning environments, offering a more comfortable space for students, staff, and faculty.