The Creative Circus Case Study – Honeywell instead of NEST thermostats



The Creative Circus mission is to graduate the best-prepared, most avidly sought-after creatives in the marketing communications industry and partners with business giants such as Google, Coca-Cola, and Starbucks. This mission begins with fostering an atmosphere for success first by keeping students and staff comfortable through indoor air quality and temperature control. Schools require comfortable environments that encourage focused learning and creativity and that save energy and reduce unnecessary utility costs while students and staff are away.


Throughout the campus, thermostats were manipulated and adjusted by students and teachers in classrooms, labs, and studios based on their personal comfort level. There was lack of oversight on the adjustment of existing rudimentary thermostats. Temperature fluctuations posed additional risks to the campus’ equipment performance such as iMacs, printers, scanners and theater & photography equipment. The Creative Circus attempted to fix the issue by installing a remote-capable NEST thermostat on 25% of its HVAC equipment. This inefficacy along with the limited features on a NEST thermostat was magnified by the fact that students and staff had free access to change the thermostat, thus creating unwarranted energy expenses and potential damage to HVAC equipment and campus electronics.


Facing the need to gain control of the facility’s heating and cooling system, The Creative Circus contacted R&D Mechanical Services, Inc. to propose a cost-effective seamless solution. R&D Mechanical Services, Inc. replaced the NEST thermostats with a Honeywell platform consisting of wireless, programmable controllers. The platform was integrated to one access point – a central, scalable control system. The system could be accessed, monitored and controlled utilizing a mobile device, laptop or desktop. Each controller included a lock screen for each room and different security levels granting permissions to specific personnel in the facility. Temperature setpoints were automatically controlled utilizing programmable schedules. This level of control resulted in dramatic cost savings with regard to energy bills.


Deploying a system that provided wireless connectivity and centralized control and monitoring resulted in lower utility and maintenance costs and total system runtime. The new platform also enabled the students and staff to experience uniform air conditions throughout the facility. The savings freed up funds that could be allocated to office maintenance budget, school-based capital improvements including curriculum, equipment and student development or marketing and recruitment campaigns. The platform also extends the life and performance of the existing equipment and facilitates any future additions or expansion of the facility as the new HVAC control system is fully scalable.