Education Facilities Energy Audits

Providing Savings to Schools, Colleges and Universities

For many schools, every single dollar matters.

Oftentimes, school districts, colleges and universities can achieve savings once mechanical insulation is installed or repaired.

As school facilities age, more money is needed for capital improvements. While items such as roofs, plumbing, and electrical often get the bulk of attention, mechanical insulation should not be overlooked.

If you are a decision maker in your school district, college or university, download and read the audits and reports below, which show how addressing mechanical insulation issues provides a return on investment.

The Mechanical Insulators LMCT also urges members of the community, alumni, teachers, professors or those in the maintenance department to tell your school’s decision makers about the potential benefits of mechanical insulation.

Furthermore, besides providing a ROI, properly installed and maintained mechanical insulation will help mechanical systems work more efficiently, which will ultimately reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

You can find example energy audit reports and analysis done for educational buildings and school districts that resulted in significant cost and energy savings.


Audit Reports

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Bernice McNaugton High School Energy Audit and Final Report

Sometimes performing standard maintenance on a heating system can result in damage to mechanical insulation. Insulation that was once 1” thick may be .5” thick or completely removed due to maintenance work. Discover how fixing damaged 1” thick mechanical insulation or replacing missing mechanical insulation with 1.5” thick insulation may pay for itself within a year.

Petitcodiac School Energy Audit and Final Report

Energy savings is not only important from a monetary standpoint, but it is also good for the environment. A regional school in Canada learned it could not only save over $15,000 in a five-year period by replacing damaged mechanical insulation, but it could reduce its carbon footprint by 14.73 Mt per year.

Beaverbrook School Energy Audit and Final Report

The energy audit highlights the difference in operational costs of running the facility’s mechanical system with current 1-inch thick fiberglass against the operational costs of running the system with 1.5-inch thick fiberglass. The heat loss at Beaverbrook School is 50,793 Kbtu per year. The upgraded insulation will save the school $112,125 over 20 years and the return on the investment will occur in one year.

Birchmount School Energy Audit and Final Report

The energy audit revealed that while most of the mechanical insulation used to cover the systems as the Birchmount School is in good condition and well-maintained, there are several areas where additional savings could be realized. Learn how upgrading the thickness of mechanical insulation from 1” to 1.5” in certain spots can provide a positive impact on your bottom line.

JMA Armstrong School Energy Audit and Final Report

Two JMA Armstrong Schools lacked mechanical insulation on different parts of their mechanical systems. An energy audit performed by a certified mechanical insulator revealed the school could save over $280,000 during a 20-year period if 1.5-inch mechanical insulation was added to the missing areas. Additionally, the cost to perform the work would be recouped within 15 months.

King Street Elementary School Final Energy Audit Report

The energy appraisal discovered the mechanical insulation system was not properly installed as per specifications. It calculated heat loss at this school at 99,678 Btu per year. By addressing the issues, the school could achieve a five-year savings of $15,217. Find out what was recommended for the educational building in the downloadable energy audit.

NIA Study on Mechanical Insulation in Schools

This white paper study focuses on quantifying the use of mechanical insulation in schools and hospitals. The study highlights the importance of mechanical insulation in commercial buildings. On average, schools in the study with ASHRAE rated mechanical insulation realized a 0.7 percent energy savings. The entire study can be downloaded and reviewed for best practices in schools.

North/South Esk Regional & North/South Esk Elementary Schools Final Energy Audit Report

The audit looked at two buildings - NSER and NSEE. It revealed properly installed and maintained mechanical insulation would result in a five-year savings of $1,957 at NSER and $10,800 at NSEE. It would also reduce the combined amount of CO2 emissions by nearly 12 Mt per year. Details on this complex of school buildings energy audit can be found by downloading the report.

South Suburban College Final Energy Audit Report

This survey used the National Institute of Building Science’s energy calculator, which determined the mechanical room’s missing insulation is costing the college $7,582 annually in fuel costs. By adding an additional inch of insulation, the college can reduce fuel consumption by $6,740 a year. Upgrading Mechanical Insulation systems can be beneficial for educational buildings, more details about the report are available in the downloadable energy audit.

University of the Fraser Valley Final Energy Audit

The energy audit revealed deficiencies in the mechanical insulation system, which resulted in a loss of 676 GJ of energy per year. By addressing the issues discussed in the report, the university can save over $5,100 a year and reduce the amount of CO2 emissions by 33.6 tonnes per year. Additional details about the university’s building energy audit can be found in the downloadable report.

Lewisville Middle School Final Energy Audit Report

While the energy audit revealed much of the insulation was in good condition and installed properly, it showed additional areas where insulation could make an impact. If these areas are addressed, the project costs will be recouped in 1.5 years. The report also estimates the school could save nearly $23,000 over the course of five years and prevent 14.79 tonnes of CO2 emissions from being released each year. You can find more details about this medium sized school in the full report.

Marshview Middle School Final Energy Audit Report

This energy appraisal commended the school on its mechanical insulation upkeep and maintenance. However, it found a few areas, where insulation was lacking. By insulating the piping identified in the report, the school will save over $37,000 in five years. Within 20 months, the project will have paid for itself. Furthermore, the project will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions by 9.39 tonnes per year. Details on this school building energy audit can be found by downloading the report.

Millidgeville North School Final Energy Audit Report

The energy audit highlights the difference in operational costs of running the facilities' mechanical room with current one inch thick fiberglass against the operational costs of running the system with one and a half inch thick fiberglass. The heat loss at Millidgeville North facility is 862,146 Kbtu per year. The upgraded insulation will save the school $192,561.10 in five years and will return the investment in 1.3 years.

Simonds High School Final Energy Audit Report

The energy audit highlights the difference in operational costs of running the facilities' mechanical room with current one inch thick fiberglass against the operational costs of running the system with one and a half inch thick fiberglass. The heat loss at Millidgeville North facility is 2,348,299 Kbtu per year. The upgraded insulation will save the school $327,370.40 in five years and will return the investment in less than 9 months.

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