Reduced Energy Bills, Increased Comfort

Eastern Kentucky’s Rowan County School District consists of seven education buildings totaling almost 400,000 square feet of space. The Rowan County School system has a long history of quality education and graduating excellent students and strives to have facilities that help students excel.


  • In need of excessive HVAC repairs
  • High utility costs at Rowan County Senior High School
  • Concerns with HVAC reliability
  • Comfort complaints from staff and students
  • Inadequate bonding capacity to fund the needed improvements
  • Solution:

  • The school district entered into a performance contract, which allows school districts to apply guaranteed savings to fund facility improvements over a period of time.
  • Harshaw Trane addressed deteriorating facilities and provided a single point of responsibility,
  • Integrated all new systems into a common building automation system.
  • Replaced HVAC system at Rowan County High School
  • Installed lighting retrofits throughout the district.
  • A building automation system was installed and HVAC maintenance and reliability issues were addressed at the High School
  • Results:

  • Improved comfort in the schools
  • Reduced energy costs
  • A web-based energy management system on a common platform and highly improved indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • The district saw reduced energy bills and called this project the smoothest, most successful project in the past 22 years.
  • Special Features at Rowan County High School:

  • High Efficiency water-cooled Chillers
  • High efficiency Hot Water Boilers
  • Dedicated Heat Recovery Chiller
  • Outside Air for free Cooling
  • Energy Performance Monitoring Program
  • Dynamic Air Cleaner Filtration System
  • Variable Air Volume Airside System
  • Variable Speed Pumping
  • Web-based Digital Controls
  • Executive Summary:

    • $154,709 guaranteed annual savings
    • Lighting retrofit
    • Minimal disruption
    • 20-Year PACT™ performance guarantee
    • Sustainability program to ensure building efficiency