News Release

Energy Star Award at Larimer County Justice Center

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: May 10, 2011

Contact:

Stacey Baumgarn, Energy Conservation Specialist, (970) 498-5917, sbaumgarn @larimer.org
Michael Kirk, Facilities Director, (970) 498-5911, mkirk@larimer.org

 

Larimer County, Colorado – Larimer County Energy Conservation Specialist Stacey Baumgarn today presented the Board of Larimer County Commissioners with a plaque awarding an ‘Energy Star’ label for 2010 to the Larimer County Justice Center, 201 LaPorte Ave. in Fort Collins. The plaque, awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star program, will hang in the Justice Center lobby. According to Baumgarn recent improvement in HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) equipment has improved energy efficiency in the building, “This is our first building to earn the Energy Star label for superior building performance.”
 
Baumgarn explained the rating system for Energy Star buildings:
 
·         Building energy-use data is kept and recorded for ‘type’ of building, in this case ‘courthouse.’
·         The Justice Center is compared to other courthouses across the nation. Buildings receiving a “score” of 75 or above qualify for this recognition.
·         The Justice Center received a score of ’79.’ 
·         The Energy Star plaque reads: In recognition of superior energy performance … buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star use 35% less energy and generate 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.
               
The next step according to Baumgarn is underway as of TODAY! The EPA Energy Star Program has announced Larimer County’s Justice Center as a participant in EPA National Building Competition - Battle of the Buildings.
 
·         After receiving the Energy Star label for the Justice Center Baumgarn perused the energy performance competition.
·         245 buildings around the U.S. will compete to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
·         The Justice Center is one of 5 “courthouses” in the competition
·         Larimer County’s participation kicks off today!
·         A collaborative “team” approach to the competition is underway. Facilities is taking a look at opportunities for efficiency – while building occupants (including both state and county employees, facilities staff, and custodial staff) will focus on conservation  such as turning off things that are not being used.
 
In July the EPA Energy Star program will announce the finalists of the current competition which runs until November 2, 2011. The EPA Energy Star web site is:   http://www.energystar.gov/.   
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