Carson City School District Saves Money by Going Green

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Reno-Based Technical Designs Employs Green Engineering Solutions to Help High Schools Cut Energy Expenses By Nearly 50 percent

Whether our clients are running schools, government or a business, every penny counts for them in this economic climate

At a time when budgets everywhere are stretched thin, the Carson City School District (CCSD) is finding a way to achieve substantial savings by becoming more energy efficient.    

Leveraging local bond money and expertise from Technical Designs - a national consulting firm specializing in green engineering solutions for businesses and government - CCSD has cut its high schools' natural gas energy consumption by 44 percent.

"By replacing our boilers with more efficient ones we are now saving $22,000 a year in energy costs," said Mark Korinek, CPM, the district's Director of Operations & Supply Management. "We anticipate that with additional bond funding we can be even more successful in saving taxpayer money by going green."

Funding for this project came from 2006 bond money for district-wide school improvements. CCSD tapped these funds to hire Reno-based Technical Designs to oversee the upgrading and installation of more energy efficient equipment, he said.

The school district's experience is consistent with the growing awareness that going green has a huge financial upside, said Mark Hauenstein, owner and founder Technical Designs, which employs a wide range of green engineering principals to benefit clients nationwide.

"Whether our clients are running schools, government or a business, every penny counts for them in this economic climate," Hauenstein said. "People are discovering that 'going green' is much more than simply a feel-good, trendy phrase. They see it as a smart way of doing business to positively impact the bottom line as well as the environment."

In addition to conducting energy audits, Technical Designs provides expert consulting and project management services necessary for designing and constructing new buildings, as well as retrofitting old ones. The company is an industry leader in assisting public and private sector clients employ smart-building technology, acoustic, telecommunications, solar and other green engineering solutions to boost profits and stretch budgets.

CCSD's Korinek credits QCS, the Reno based controls company that monitors the School Districts' buildings for identifying energy problems within the District and working with Technical Designs to implement changes for capturing those savings.

"To find ongoing as opposed to one-time savings is huge because the impact grows over time," he said. "We were glad to have Technical Designs play such an integral role on our team."

About Technical Designs
Headquartered in Reno, Nevada, Technical Designs is a national consulting firm that provides green engineering expertise and related services throughout the United States to a wide range of businesses, non-profits and public-sector organizations. With offices in Nevada and Texas, the firm helps its clients realize savings, boost profitability and stretch budgets through environmentally friendly infrastructure improvements. The company offers expertise in energy audits, building commissioning, smart-building technology, acoustics, solar and other green engineering solutions. Technical Designs' past and current projects include work for Hampton Inn, Boyd Gaming and D.R. Horton Homes. A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Technical Designs is certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); this third-party designation recognizes excellence in green building performance and practice, and is widely viewed as the industry's gold standard. In addition to assisting his clients become more energy efficient and green, the company's founder, Mark Hauenstein, practices what he preaches: he and his family live off the grid in an environmentally sustainable home outside of Reno.

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