Second district school receives Energy Star certification
Aug. 30, 2016 Creek Valley Elementary is the second school in the district to receive Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award recognizes the building’s performance in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, averaging 35 percent less energy used and 35 percent less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Concord Elementary was awarded Energy Star status in early August.
Mechanical improvements that were completed at Creek Valley in 2013, under the district’s 10-year facility plan, created efficiencies that enabled the school to meet the Energy Star standards. Among the improvements was a conversion from the original pneumatic controls to direct digital controls for building temperature. “This has allowed us to more effectively manage the temperature in the building and use less energy at night and on weekends,” said Eric Hamilton, director of buildings and grounds. Not only does the environment benefit, it also benefits the district financially.”
In addition, there was a conversion from steam to hot water heat and installation of a modern, high efficiency hot water heating plant. A new air-cooled central chilled water plant was added to provide de-humidification throughout the building. Now, classrooms are served by modern, vertical unit ventilators with heating and de-humidification capabilities creating a more comfortable environment for Creek Valley students and staff.
EPA’s Energy Star performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on a scale of 1 to 100 may be eligible for Energy Star certification. Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from Energy Star.