District making cool changes at three schools

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai Unified School District's School Board voted unanimously Oct. 18 to approve a $2.9 million 
contract with Climatec LLC, a company that specializes in K-12 energy-conservation projects. Under the agreement, Climatec will install new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and building automation systems at Nordhoff High School, Matilija Junior High School and Topa Topa Elementary School. 
The wi-fi-enabled building automation systems, in conjunction with the new HVAC systems, will allow the three campuses to more easily control and monitor temperatures throughout the school buildings.
According to Climatec's analysis, the District's aging thermostats do not properly control its existing HVAC systems, which leads to “wasted expenditures and comfort issues.”
Climatec also will install high-efficiency interior and exterior LED lighting systems at all eight OUSD campuses. 
See also: “District realizing what condition their (air) conditioning is in” Ojai Valley News, Aug. 31, 2017.

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