Schneider Electric Subsidiary TAC Signs Contract with City of Dallas to Maximize Energy Efficiency
Rueil Malmaison, February 4, 2004 – TAC, a leader in building automation systems, has been awarded a $9 million performance contract with the City of Dallas covering six facilities: Dallas City Hall, the Central Public Library, the city-owned parking garage in the downtown Arts District, a community recreation center, a branch library and a satellite municipal center.
“This contract allows the City of Dallas to maximize energy efficiency as well as implement needed infrastructure replacements and upgrades that have been deferred or delayed due to budgetary constraints, even though the improvements are necessary and appropriate,” said Dean Meyer, president of TAC Americas. “Building lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and other energy using systems will be upgraded and/or replaced as part of this contract.”
Improvements provided by TAC will include:
- Complete lighting retrofits at all the facilities.
- New chillers for Dallas City Hall and the branch library; a new boiler at the community center; and replacements or upgrades to the cooling towers at the Central Library, City Hall, the community center and the satellite municipal center.
- TAC Vista® building automation systems to monitor and control the mechanical systems and energy consumption.
- Enhanced building control using TAC Vista, a LONWORKS®-based building management software. Offering the benefits of an open architecture, TAC Vista combines environmental controls with facility and energy management features into a single, seamlessly interoperable open solution.
Besides reducing energy costs, these improvements will enhance occupant comfort, reduce deferred maintenance, decrease the need for capital dollars, replace banned refrigerants with environmentally friendly coolants, and lower the number of hot and cold service calls in these facilities.
TAC’s performance contract for the City of Dallas will be the first large project to be measured and tracked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to document and prove that energy efficiency in buildings is a cost-effective way to reduce emissions. EPA is developing a model to quantify the emissions benefits of energy efficient buildings.
“The TAC performance contract will allow the city to comply with recent legislation mandating energy conservation, reduce operating costs, and upgrade mechanical systems,” said Steven Park, director Department of Equipment and Building Services for Dallas.
This program is part of a statewide initiative to improve energy efficiency and upgrade equipment at public buildings across Texas. It has already saved taxpayers over $121 million through financing energy efficiency projects for state agencies, institutions of higher education, school districts and local governments.
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TAC, which is owned by Schneider Electric, has subsidiary companies and partners in more than 70 countries throughout the world. The company employs 2,000 employees and generated revenues of SEK 3,150 million (US $350 million) in 2002. Corporate headquarters and European business activities operate out of Malmö, Sweden. Regional headquarters for the Americas is located in Dallas and for the Asia-Pacific market, in Sydney, Australia.
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