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04/29/2013

Energy Star National Building Competition Winner

 
Energy Star's national competition winner is.... An elementary school!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the winner of its third-annual Energy Star National Building Competition. More than 3,000 schools, businesses, and government buildings across the country competed to see which could reduce its energy use the most in one year—and a New Jersey elementary school emerged victorious.

Together, competitors of this year’s National Building Competition cut their energy costs by more than $50 million, saved more than three billion kBtus of energy, and reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions equal to the amount of electricity used by more than 43,000 homes.

“The impressive results of the National Building Competition help show that any building can take simple steps to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings where we all work, play, and learn,” says EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe, “All of the participants in the Energy Star National Building Competition are finding more and more ways to cut energy use, saving thousands of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Demarest Elementary School in Bloomfield, New Jersey won the EPA’s 2012 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings competition by demonstrating a 52 percent energy use reduction, the largest in the competition. The school identified and addressed a number of mechanical issues and energy management measures that added up to significant energy and cost-saving reductions.

In its third year, the Energy Star National Building Competition featured teams from across the country to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs, and protect public health and the environment.
The top overall finishers and their percent-based reductions in energy use include:

· Demarest Elementary School, Bloomfield, N.J. (K-12 School) 52.1%
· AAFES Ft. Hood Warrior Way Express Store B85001, Ft. Hood, Tex. (Other building type) 48.5%
· Toms River Verizon Wireless, Toms River, N.J. (Retail store) 43.1%
· Shamrock Springs Elementary School, Westfield, Ind. (K-12 school) 42.1%
· Hemphill Water Treatment Plant & Pumping Station, Atlanta, Ga. (Other building type) 40.6%
· Kmart store #4863, Gillette, Wyo. (Retail store) 40.2%
· Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse, Newark, N.J. (Courthouse) 36.8%
· Craigmont High School, Memphis, Tenn. (K-12 school) 34.6%
· San Antonio Federal Building, San Antonio, Tex. (Office) 34.4%
· Bloomfield Middle School, Bloomfield, N.J. (K-12 school) 34.3%
· North Carolina Area Health Education Center Building, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Office) 34.3%
· Walsh & Associates, Inc., St. Louis, Mo. (Warehouse) 34.0%
· Kmart store #9348, Norridge, Ill. (Retail store) 33.4%
· Customer Care and Aftersales, Ypsilanti, Mich. (Warehouse) 31.0%
· Kmart store #7499, Mt. Vernon, Ohio (Retail store) 30.8%

Demarest Elementary School identified and addressed a number of overlooked mechanical issues, including replacing a heat timer associated with the control system which allowed it to run on a more energy efficient schedule. In addition to this mechanical fix, the head custodian adjusted boiler operations based on outside temperature and changes in weather, and adjusted the hall lighting schedule so that lights were dimmed in the early morning and after students were dismissed. The staff also took control of energy management in their immediate areas by turning off and unplugging electronic devices.

Eighty-nine buildings in the competition demonstrated energy use reductions of 20 percent or greater. In addition to energy reductions, nearly 400 competitors also tracked and reduced their water consumption, with help from the EPA’s WaterSense program. Leading the pack was Webster Bank’s Oak St. Office in Brockton, Massachusetts, which reduced its water use by 80 percent.

The 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition measured energy performance for the entire 2012 calendar year. Competitors tracked their buildings' monthly energy consumption using EPA's online energy tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The energy use reductions for each top finisher were verified by an independently licensed professional engineer or registered architect at the conclusion of the competition.

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with EPA’s Energy Star program and are saving billions of dollars, preventing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each year.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
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