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TAC to Install Energy Saving Measures and Update Facilities for a Better Learning and Working Environment

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DALLAS – September 6, 2006 – The South Pemiscot County R-V School District in Steele, Mo. has implemented a $1.4 million performance contract that will improve the operation and aesthetics of the facilities. The Energy Solutions division of TAC, a world leader in building automation, security systems and energy solutions, is installing a variety of energy saving measures at the high school, Central and East Elementary Schools and the district administration building.

Facilities in the South Pemiscot School District range in age from 10 to 90 years old, and many of the buildings had outdated and inefficient equipment. Other problems included poor lighting; heating and cooling loss through the windows; older interior wood doors and damaged metal exterior doors that compromise security and no centralized control of the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the schools. The district looked to performance contracting and TAC for a financially responsible solution for their aging buildings.

Energy saving improvements TAC will complete for the district consist of implementing a district-wide energy management system (EMS), installing energy efficient windows and lighting and making mechanical system retrofits. TAC will also install a new and expanded fire alarm system to improve safety and will replace interior and exterior doors. Finally, TAC will place drop ceilings and enclosures around the existing HVAC equipment to improve the classroom aesthetics.

“Students, faculty and other staff at the South Pemiscot County Schools will enjoy a better learning and working environment as a result of these facility updates,” said Wes McDaniel, vice president of TAC Energy Solutions. “The new TAC Vista™ EMS will enable the facility staff to precisely monitor and control the HVAC in all the schools. The updated lighting will also provide for brighter spaces and the replacement windows will eliminate the infiltration of un-conditioned outside air that creates uncomfortable rooms.”

“The improvements have made a dramatic difference, especially in our K-1 building,” said Karen Farley, elementary principal for South Pemiscot County Schools. “The windows completely changed the overall appearance of the building. In both elementary buildings, the new doors have made a significant improvement in the noise level in the classrooms as well as in the hallways. The dropped ceilings in our K-1 building have also had a positive effect on the atmosphere of the building. We are excited about starting the new year with new windows and no leaks. The changes are having a positive impact on our instructional climate and student learning.”

About TAC
TAC is a leading provider of building automation solutions based on Open Integrated Systems for Building IT. TAC's mission is to provide added value through building environment services for indoor climate, security and use of energy, delivered with advanced technology to end users and property owners throughout the world. With over 80 years of experience in the HVAC, building automation and security arenas, TAC employs more than 4,500 people worldwide, with partners and branches in 80 countries. TAC's parent company, Schneider Electric, is the world leader in automation and electricity management, with 92,000 employees worldwide and operations in 130 countries.  Visit www.tac.com for more information.

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