Tucson Commercial Firm Keeps it all In-House
When the owners of Tanque Verde Apartments in Tucson decided to upgrade mechanical systems, they
made it clear that they wanted a dramatic shift from old to new. Until recently, the 15 acre, 428-unit
complex has met the heating and cooling needs of the tenants, but with little regard for the amount
of energy consumed in the process.
When the apartments were built 30 years ago, energy efficiency wasn’t exactly the main focus. After all,
the price for gas and electricity was a fraction of today’s rate.
At Tanque Verde, an enormous
district system heated and cooled
all the apartments. Last year, the
hydronic system began leaking
underground. Tenants complained
about lack of controllability
while repair bills accumulated.
Making matters worse, the equipment
was outdated, bandaged
and in desperate need of replacement.