Apr 9, 2024 - News

Polk County's HQ gets greener with new electric HVAC system

A photo of the Polk County Administration building.

The current boiler in the Polk County Administration Building will remain in place as a backup heating source. Photo: Courtesy of the Polk County Assessor

The Polk County Administration Building is getting a new electric heating and cooling system.

Why it matters: The $750,000 project is the latest step towards achieving the county's environmental goals.

Catch up fast: County supervisors passed a resolution three years ago to reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2040.

How it works: Room temperatures and specific areas can be controlled in the new system as opposed to a building-wide setting used in the current gas-powered operations.

  • That allows operators to adjust heating and cooling levels in places not being used.

State of play: The third floor installation is complete and the first and second floors will be operational before next winter.

Follow the money: Partial funding comes from a nearly $80,000 federal grant announced last week.

The intrigue: County officials won't have a cost savings estimate until the system is fully operational, Scott Ourth, Polk's director of general services, tells Axios.

  • The environment, rather than savings, is the primary reason for the installation, he says.

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