Johnson Controls partners with East Central Alberta Catholic Schools for more than $1M of district-wide infrastructure upgrades

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LED lighting and new control systems are among the improvements enabled by energy savings performance contract

MILWAUKEE – (March 13, 2018) – Johnson Controls will help increase efficiencies in the learning environments for students, teachers and staff at East Central Alberta Catholic Schools (ECACS) in Wainwright, Alberta, through district-wide infrastructure upgrades. In collaboration with the ECACS senior management team, Johnson Controls Performance Infrastructure™ leaders identified improvements to address the district’s deferred maintenance challenges through a 10-month project implementation phase of an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC).

At more than $1 million, the self-funded project includes over $40,000 in incentives and can be funded through utility savings for a payback of under 15 years. Infrastructure updates are expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 712 tons CO2, which is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 1,656 barrels of oil. The upgrades include:

  • LED lighting
  • Direct Digital Controls (DDC) and controls system replacements
  • Roof top units and furnace replacements
  • Heating system piping revisions
  • New flush valve urinals
  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  • New air-cooled chiller

“By improving our schools and classrooms, we have a direct hand in increasing student productivity and creating an ideal environment for all occupants, from students to teachers and staff,” said Charlie McCormack, superintendent of East Central Alberta Catholic Schools. “Our collaboration with Johnson Controls allows us to provide a more sustainable and efficient environment for years to come, without putting a burden on our financials.”

ECACS facilities, staff and students will benefit from the efficiencies enabled by the project. Replacing outdated systems with standardized control systems will allow facilities to operate from a single point of access, which will help the school district save on utility costs, become greener through GHG savings and spend more time educating students.

“By overseeing the project, Johnson Controls takes over the risk, and guarantees cost and energy savings for ECACS,” said Andrew Nartey, B.Sc., MBA, account executive at Johnson Controls. “Removing these burdens allows the school division and its faculty to concentrate on their main objective – students’ education.”

“By improving our schools and classrooms, we have a direct hand in increasing student productivity and creating an ideal environment for all occupants, from students to teachers and staff.” -- Charlie McCormack, superintendent of East Central Alberta Catholic Schools

For over 30 years, Johnson Controls has successfully implemented more than 3,000 ESPC projects worldwide and has helped customers save billions in utility costs. This project delivery method helps publicly funded entities make capital improvements over longer payback periods and offers many long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort, financial management and environmental protection.

To learn more about East Central Alberta Catholic Schools, please visit

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