Gilbert to Get Occupancy Sensor and Other Energy-Saving Upgrades

The Gilbert Public Schools board has entered into a contract with the Phoenix-based Climatec Building Technologies Group to perform energy-saving upgrades for numerous buildings and 39 schools in the Gilbert district. The upgrades include new occupancy sensors, lighting and ventilation retrofits, and heating and air-conditioning systems.

The upgrades would provide annual savings of over $900,000 as utility costs to the district. In addition, the upgrades would save $9.5 million in the next 15 years for Gilbert.

Climatec conducted an energy audit on the facilities and district campuses in the district, thereby analyzing the energy management, temperature controls, lighting, cooling, and heating systems. The project involves the installation of occupancy sensors at 36 sites. In addition, the contract includes the installation of HVAC systems at 21 sites, upgrade of cooling control, ventilation, and heating systems at 36 sites, and lighting retrofits at 37 schools. The sensors used for the project adjust the temperature automatically if no movement is noticed in the room.

In addition to the school upgrades, the work in two district pools, the technology site, community education building, the learning center, and the district office will be completed. The Arizona Department of Education gave the approval for Gilbert to begin the upgrade project.

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