Energy Efficient HVAC Upgrades Coming to California Schools

Updated on February 10th, 2021

A highschooler at an energy efficient school

Assembly Bill 841 would require energy efficient HVAC upgrades to schools in California, as well as an upgrade to their EV charging infrastructure.

Big news coming out of California: Legislative approval may be coming soon to Assembly Bill 841. This bill, unofficially titled the “Healthy Schools, Healthy Recovery, Healthy Air Bill”, will require schools to upgrade their old HVAC infrastructure, as well as require all charging stations to have separate charging meter infrastructure by 2021.

Assembly Bill 841 was initiated by Assemblyman Phil Ting, as he saw the potential for utility cost reductions through retrofitting old HVAC systems as well as the importance of identifying the true cost of electrical consumption from EV charging. Energy efficient HVAC upgrades and investment into EV charging infrastructure would allow schools to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, as well as save on utility costs for the state, freeing up funds to be used elsewhere.

The advent of COVID-19 also highlights the importance of modern HVAC systems to prevent outbreaks within a learning environment. 

The advent of COVID-19 also highlights the importance of modern HVAC systems to prevent outbreaks within a learning environment.

Assemblyman Phil Ting understood that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. However, just measuring the data isn’t enough.  HVAC systems and EV Charging metering systems shouldn’t be reporting data in separate silos; Using a web-based reporting platform that can integrate all your data is crucial for success. QMC’s MeterConnex can help. Contact us today.

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