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Regents School of Austin

  • Project Location:  Austin, TX
  • Owner/Client: Regents School of Austin
  • Project Description:

The Regents School of Austin is a private Christian school located on an 82-acre campus in southwest Austin. The school serves over 1,000 students from grades K-12.

The owner wanted the most efficient system on the market, zoning capabilities and a controls system that was easy and reliable to use. The engineer, HMG, was familiar with VRF technology and has had success in applying the equipment in schools in the past. Therefore, they chose DXS as basis of design as they were able to deliver on all of the owner’s goals.

Budget issues were overcome by removing a few of the heat recovery systems and replacing them with zoned heat pump systems with minimal sacrifice of comfort to the end users. The final system installed totaled out at 172 tons of Daikin heat recovery and 30 tons of heat pump. Indoor units consisted of mostly round flow cassettes with a mix of 2″x2″ cassettes and ducted indoor units. Zone controllers were put into each classroom and an I-Touch Manager Centralized Controller with web access rounded out the controls system.

With the maximum efficiency and control that the Daikin VRV systems offer, the school received a rebate from Austin Energy. For more information about the Austin Energy rebate program for VRF, click here.

Education Key Considerations

School district facilities planners and maintenance personnel plus the design team who support them are tasked with developing and maintaining usable, comfortable buildings that promote learning. They must do this across the country under the scrutiny of school districts determined to spend every bond and tax revenue dollar wisely.

The DXS team understands the pressures under which school district personnel operate and we’ve helped alleviate much of that pressure. From our work with facilities planners and architects, we know that energy is one of the largest line items in a school budget. That’s where we can help. We design low-maintenance VRF air conditioning systems that reduce HVAC energy costs 20 to 50 percent.

Key Considerations

  • Systems that reduce HVAC energy costs by 20 to 50 percent
  • Opportunity to reduce overall building construction cost
  • Straightforward maintenance facilities crews can easily manage
  • Reduced maintenance costs compared to split-system or chilled water systems
  • Reduced mechanical space
  • Designs that accommodate space restrictions of prior systems
  • Ability to handle temperature control for dozens of small spaces
  • Energy efficient
  • Robust training program for facilities maintenance personnel
  • DXS onsite at five key junctures: onsite training prior to installation, quality control checks during installation, during start-up, 30 days after commissioning for building owner verification, and ongoing training for staff
  • Fast, dependable service and maintenance support after installation
  • Complete inventory of parts and equipment