Georgia district given award for HVAC improvements

Mark Schnetzka (left), comprehensive solutions manager for Trane, presents the Trane Energy Efficiency Leader Award Feb. 19 to Mike Coon, senior director of maintenance and operations for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System in Savannah, Ga. The district’s recent upgrades are expected to save the school system more than $1.2 million annually. 

Trane has named the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System in Savannah, Ga., an energy leader after it upgraded facilities across the district.

School officials expect the improvements — new HVAC in 21 buildings, lighting and building automation in 26 — to save more than $1.2 million a year in energy costs, and make the environment better for staff and students.

And that was good enough for Ingersoll Rand’s Trane to present the district with an Energy Efficiency Leader Award Feb. 19 at the second annual U.S. Green Building Council High Performance Healthy Schools Regional Summit.

The projects were funded by a contract that allows it to pay for them with proceeds from the expected energy savings.