Siemens Building Technologies Earns EPA Energy Star Award By Helping Loveland Colorado School District Boost Efficiency And Save Energy
In recognition for achieving a 10+ rating point increase in energy efficiency as measured by the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR® benchmarking tool, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., was recently awarded two Certificates of Achievement for its work with Thompson School District by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).
Through an energy savings performance contract, Siemens delivered a comprehensive series of energy efficiency-related facility improvements to Thompson School District’s Winona Elementary and Turner Middle Schools in Loveland, Colo. Energy savings from the performance contract were verified using the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP) and monitored by Portfolio Manager, the ENERGY STAR benchmarking tool. According to the EPA, through Portfolio Manager, Thompson School District receives energy tracking and benchmarking information that helps heighten the staff’s energy awareness and helps them improve operational strategies.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results,” says Thompson School District Energy Manager Rob Stafford. “Not only do the savings in energy translate to extremely satisfying bottom-line results, but they contribute directly to the comfort and productivity of our students and teachers. Everyone benefits-from the taxpayers, to our staff, to the students-and with EPA recognition thrown in, it’s definitely all good.”
When Thompson School District embarked on the project in 2003, Siemens began benchmarking all 35 of the district’s buildings using Portfolio Manager to access the EPA’s Energy Performance Rating System. According to data gathered by the EPA tool, over the three-year term of the contract, energy and water savings totaled 7,724,630 kilowatt hours of electricity, 334,032 cubic feet of natural gas and 79,966 kGal. of water. These savings translate into $557,000 in avoided electricity costs, $267,117 in natural gas costs and $200,746 in treated water costs. According to Thompson School District, total savings, including operational savings accumulated over the three year contract, exceeded $1,311,000.
“On top of the energy savings,” says Marty Skolnick, account executive for Siemens Building Technologies, “recognition from ENERGY STAR has highlighted the positive benefits achieved by Thompson School District to both the staff and the community. So far, three schools in the district have earned the ENERGY STAR label and two others received letters of recognition for excellent improvement.”
As a leading provider of energy and environmental solutions, building controls, fire safety and security system solutions, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., makes buildings comfortable, safe, productive, energy efficient and less costly to operate. With U.S. headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Ill., Siemens Building Technologies employs 7,200 people and provides a full range of services and solutions from more than 100 locations coast-to-coast. Worldwide, the company has 28,000 employees and operates from more than 500 locations in 51 countries.
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