Upgrading School Facilities Will Reduce Energy Expenses

Rick Evans

How to Save Energy by Upgrading Your Aging School Building

According to Education Week, the average age of school buildings in the U.S. is 44 years old. Systems within these aging buildings, such as air conditioning, heating, windows, roofs, and restrooms, are often identified as being in fair or poor condition. Not only do these outdated systems have high maintenance costs, they can also contribute to reduced indoor air quality, wasted energy and resources, and diminished occupant comfort.

A cost-efficient way to bring aging facilities up to 21st century standards is with an energy savings performance contract. Performance contracting, or Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) project, is a legislated alternative project delivery method to the traditional design/bid/build approach. Schools can acquire comprehensive capital energy improvements (such as lighting, HVAC equipment, and controls) through the services of an Energy Service Company (ESCo) such as Reynolds. The energy and cost savings achieved by the installed energy conservation measures (ECMs) covers all project costs, including financing, over the specified contract term. In Pennsylvania, contract terms are limited to 20 years from the date of completed project installation.

Benefits of a Performance Contract

  • Lowering utility bills
  • Improving indoor air quality, comfort, and productivity
  • Receiving technical training for equipment operators
  • Removing inadequate, aging, or obsolete equipment
  • Reducing comfort complaints and maintenance requests
  • Enhancing local economies through ESCo’s use of local subcontractors
  • Lowering environmental impact
  • Enjoying guaranteed savings for the life of the contract
  • Selecting best-value contractors rather than low-bid
  • Receiving a turn-key design, construction, and commissioning project delivery method

Examples of Energy Conservation Measures

Short-term paybacks:

  • Lighting retrofits and controls
  • Motor variable frequency drives
  • HVAC controls
  • Alternative fuel conversions
  • Heat recovery systems
  • Behavioral programs

Long-term paybacks:

  • Boilers
  • Chillers and towers
  • Windows and doors
  • Envelope repairs
  • Insulation
  • Roofing replacement
  • Alternative energy (solar, wind, or compressed natural gas)

Is your district’s energy budget drained by heating and cooling costs? Is your school’s maintenance staff bombarded with complaints about too hot/too cold classrooms? When you walk by the windows in your hallway, can you feel cold air seeping in? If so, it’s time to give Reynolds a call. The Reynolds companies specialize in Pennsylvania public school construction, with more than 200

completed projects totaling over $2 billion in construction costs. Contact us today to learn more about working with Reynolds, a Pennsylvania K-12 industry leader.

forge road elementary school gas boilers & fresh air ventilators
New gas boilers and fresh air ventilators at Forge Road Elementary School in Palmyra Area School District improve air quality.
shannock valley elementary school security vestibule
A security vestibule was added to Shannock Valley Elementary School in Armstrong School District as part of a GESA project.










About Rick, Our President

Rick Evans is president of Reynolds Energy Services, Inc., a division of Reynolds that he founded in 2008 to deliver the highest-quality energy projects at the lowest possible cost. As president, he provides executive level management throughout the engineering, implementation, commissioning, and verification phases of energy efficiency projects. Rick’s team of experienced design and construction professionals, financial analysts, and commissioning agents has accomplished over $300 million in successful energy projects. He continues to challenge the traditional definition of school construction projects by seeking new approaches to reduce construction costs, improve quality standards, and deliver projects that are energy efficient and lower ongoing maintenance costs. He is a graduate of Lehigh University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and has more than 38 years of industry experience.

About Reynolds

With 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Reynolds is a full-service building solutions provider with a wide array of service offerings to our clients, including construction, construction management, restoration, energy, and commissioning and engineering.

At Reynolds, it is our goal to become the first contact for all building solutions. Throughout the course of a relationship with our clients, we strive to resolve each and every issue as it arises, so that our clients end up with a high-quality project that meets their needs…every time. Interested in learning more about Reynolds including our services as an ESCO? Contact us today.

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