March 14, 2021

New Grant Funding for HVAC and Plumbing Improvements to K-12 Schools

Signed by Gavin Newsom in September 2020, Assembly Bill 841 created the “School Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program” (the SEES Program) which, in turn, created two new grant programs intended to fund specific air quality, ventilation, energy efficiency, plumbing, and water efficiency improvements.

Funding will be awarded to school districts and charter schools for HVAC assessment, maintenance, repair, and improvements designed to enable schools to reopen with improved air quality and ventilation systems. Where specified requirements are met, reimbursement for work already performed may be available. As discussed below, schools awarded funding will also be required to install carbon dioxide monitoring devices in classrooms.

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