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Coast schools to bring energy-consumption into full view

Coast schools to bring energy-consumption into full view

School District No. 46 (SD46) received more great news from the capital management branch of the Ministry of Education in December. The school district presented a high priority request for a district-wide building automation system enhancement and was granted up to $371,000 for this purpose.

Highlights of the project are:

• Upgrading of all district Building Automation Systems (BAS) to current technology.

• Adding occupancy sensors, CO2 sensors and integration into district security systems to reduce run times of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems.

• Re-programing HVAC to operate at maximum efficiency.

• Adding live, real time energy sub metering at every facility with viewing access for staff and students.

• Providing building performance dashboards on school foyer monitors.

• Key Performance Indicator (KPI) monitoring and notification to ensure peak performance of all equipment is maintained.

• Load shedding (the building automation system responds by adjusting air conditioner and heater set points, shutting off auxiliary equipment, and stopping other nonessential systems) of high-energy use equipment during peak demand periods.

SD46 Manager of  Facilities Rob Collison said the upgrades will allow the school district to reduce its energy use.  Submittted

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