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Reply to Iowa Association of Schools, Sept. 25 article

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 1:50 p.m. CDT

From Franklin Kinkade


Jeff lrlaub was retained as a consultant to Bore Hole Technologies, owned by Rick Nash and Brothers. Jeff is a university professor and is retained by a board to oversee ground source units in schools in Minnesota.

I had been trying to contact Jeff for over a week and finally got word on Monday that he would be available Tuesday and to call after 8 a.m.

In the meantime, I had contacted Gary Briley, maintenance engineer at the middle school, and he was tied up until Tuesday and about 8 o'clock.

If you don't believe in miracles, you would have that morning. We had been saying we had to get heat recovery in the middle school. It was 10 minutes after 8 a.m. and both said they were finally free to talk heat recovery. My cell phone rang, and it was Jeff lrlaub. I said here is Gary Briley, our maintenance engineer. They talked for probably 15 minutes, and Gary got information on three maintenance and contractors, one with on-hand units and reliable on deliveries. The rest is history.

Looking back at the middle school, it cost me several thousand dollars plus my time. I don't expect any compensation or recognition for my efforts. I feel it is my obligation to my community.

Of the 100 schools the same size and conditions as the middle school, the cost according to the IGSHPA, the average cost was $172,000. The cost for the Creston Middle School was $72,000, a savings of $100,000 on just one public building.

I want to thank the school board for letting me pursue the red flags to Ken Hudson who represented the board in a meeting with Dale Snakle in Omaha. An especially big thank you to Gary Briley, who got the better heat pumps and digital controls.

Could we do better? I don't know. We have 104 units that should have been two ton. We have a 30-horse power variable speed circulating pump, and we don't know what our savings are. We don't (know) if we need turbulent flow, or if laminate flow will be adequate.

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