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Published on Apr 27, 2012
Clayton County Infrastructure Improvements Positively Impact County Budget in Excess of $820,000
As local governments look for ways to cut costs and save money, one suburban Atlanta county turned an investment in energy efficiency into six-figure annual savings.
Energy saving upgrades completed in Clayton County buildings last year are positively impacting the county budget in excess of $820,000 following project completion and the first year of operation. This total includes $220,000 of energy savings during project construction and $600,000 during the first year's measurement and verification program.
The building upgrades, which were completed in seven county facilities to reduce energy use, provide the added benefits of improving the comfort and productivity of county employees and reducing the county's environmental impact.
Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, worked with Clayton County leaders to identify ways to maximize energy efficiency without sacrificing employee comfort.
Clayton County funded the upgrades with a performance contract which allowed the county to use future energy and operational savings to finance infrastructure improvements up front. Performance contracting is a funding option that provides measurable business results to support strategic objectives.
Clayton County leaders selected energy conservation measures for the upgrades after completing a detailed energy study of the seven key buildings. Then, Trane and Clayton County used energy modeling software to weigh the merits of potential solutions by analyzing these options through a lifecycle model.
Critical facility needs, including building comfort issues, were included in the analysis and incorporated into the solution. These challenges included inadequate cooling at the Department of Family and Children Services complex, temperature control issues at the County Archives building, and urgent piping issues at the Annex III building.
The linked news release and fact sheet detail the specific upgrades that Clayton County selected. Trane experts are available to discuss how the Trane High Performance Buildings approach allows local units of government to discover significant cost savings through efficiency upgrades.