Colorado Springs School District (SD) 11 provides an outstanding example of how integrated energy and indoor air quality (IAQ) management programs can improve learning environments for students. District 11’s energy management program—built on the commitment of the superintendent, board of education, and a full-time coordinator—has resulted in an estimated annual energy savings of more than $928,000 and significant IAQ improvements.
District 11 has used energy savings to fund an initiative to ensure that all of the district’s schools meet or exceed current IAQ requirements with no burden to the taxpayer. The district’s energy management team, led by Thomas Fernandez, Director of Energy, recognized that energy efficiency and good indoor air quality go hand and hand. IAQ goals have been accomplished through energy-efficient design, proper maintenance and commissioning of HVAC equipment, and the use of performance-based contracting.