Case Study

Georgia Institute of Technology

Overview & Challenge

Leading research university, Georgia Tech had a need to improve the safety and functionality of its 98 research labs across its Atlanta campus, whilst becoming more energy efficient, saving utility costs and reducing their carbon footprint.

With almost 40,000 students working across its research facilities, the labs were used frequently and came under intense pressure and were in need of an update in the form of a VAV retrofit.

After a competitive pitching process, TEL were assigned the three-lab pilot project based on our safety and savings criteria.


The ambitious plan required recoding core software parameters at the factory to deliver the most remote controllability available today.

TEL developed real-time Air Change per Hour (ACH) reporting on the AFA5000 screen. This flexibility allowed Georgia Tech to precisely match system metrics with operational goals.

“I would like to pass along my sincere appreciation for a job well done. It has been a pleasure working with you. The task has been effortless thanks to your patience and devotion. I look forward to working with you all in the future and you can rest assured, you will come highly recommended for future projects.”

Robert Daw, Project Manager, ABM


The project was completed ahead of schedule, and the annual report revealed savings of $192,984 in utilities. In fact, Georgia Tech have received $75,000 in Georgia Power rebates to date, and they anticipate further rebates of $139,554 due to the more energy efficient labs.


Georgia Institute of Technology

Industry: Education

Location: Atlanta, GA

Project Cost: $1, 350, 000

Annual Savings: $192,984

Energy Savings

Lab airflow reduced by 50-70%

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