Carlsbad is home to more tri-athletes than most other counties and even some states. With a busy training regimen and local residents, the Carlsbad Aquatics Center is a busy place with high expectations of service. Translation – the pool water had better be perfect all the time. “Unfortunately, the original system took a lot of handholding to maintain a consistent temperature”, according to Carl Pope, Aquatics Center manager. “Our customers are paying customers and if we don’t maintain the pool well and keep it comfortable, they will go elsewhere”, continued Pope.
As part of a concurrent land swap and bond renovation project, Carlsbad Unified School District contracted 3fficient (previously PE Consulting) to design a new solar heating system for the City’s famous Aquatics Center. 3fficient designed a passive heating system that worked flawlessly from day one. Without complicated controls and reduced pumping energy, it was relatively inexpensive and easily paid for itself from savings. Fast forward several years later, it’s still working flawlessly and without much of an energy bill at all. “It just works. Even better than expected”, said Pope. Hard to ask for a better testimonial than that!