District Begins Investment Grade Energy Audit
District Begins Investment Grade Energy Audit
Posted on 04/24/2017

The Indian River School District is currently conducting an investment grade energy audit (IGA) of 16 schools. The energy audit, being conducted by Seiberlich Trane Energy Services, is the first step in making future energy conservation and infrastructure improvements in the schools. 

The audits will involve in-depth interviews with facility operating personnel and district staff to provide a better understanding of major energy-consuming systems, as well as insight into variations in daily and annual energy consumption and demand, a review of 36 months of facilities utility bills and other operating data, and a detailed walk-through of each facility to gain an understanding of the building operation and identify areas of energy waste or inefficiency.

“The investment grade energy audit has the potential to be a tremendous cost-savings measure for the Indian River School District,” IRSD Superintendent Mark Steele said. “The audit is an integral part of the district’s 10-year strategic plan and will be funded mostly through state minor capital improvement funds. The long-range energy-savings potential of this program makes it a worthwhile investment.  The administration and Board of Education look forward to receiving the results of the audit and planning our energy conservation measures into the future.” 

Should IRSD move forward with the improvements identified in the energy audit, the improvements may be funded through the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) through a performance contract. A performance contract is a model that will allow IRSD to use future energy and operational savings to finance needed infrastructure improvement projects today with NO COST to the community.

CLICK HERE to view an energy audit fact sheet.

Seiberlich Trane team

Seiberlich Trane personnel prepare to begin an energy audit at John M. Clayton Elementary School on May 3. Front (from left): Lighting Auditor Adam Partee, Lighting Auditor Zach Griffin and Energy Auditor Lauren Silva. Back (from left): Project Development Engineer Dave Cox, Lighting Auditor Elizabeth Raffio, Energy Services Operations Leader Dan Bristow and Sales Representative John Walker.