Leitchfield, KY – At the March 14, 2013 Grayson County Board of Education meeting, the district celebrated the ENERGY STAR award for Caneyville Elementary. Caneyville becomes the fourth ENERGY STAR honoree, joining Wilkey, Lawler and Clarkson Elementary Schools. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
“Our current energy consumption levels have resulted in cost avoidance of over $850,000,” said Superintendent Barry Anderson. “I am confident we will continue to reach new heights of efficiency and keep even more of our dollars in the classroom where they belong.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, Grayson County Schools worked with Kentucky based energy services company, Harshaw Trane, to update facilities by taking the following actions:
• Building Automation System retrofit for six facilities.
• High Efficiency Lighting Retrofit - Replace/retrofit existing light fixtures at Grayson County High School, Grayson County Middle School (Gymnasium only), Caneyville Elementary School (Gymnasium only), Wilkey Elementary School, and Lawler Elementary School.
• Mechanical upgrades unique to each school:
o Grayson County High School – Chillers upgraded, hot water boilers upgraded, office split-system units upgraded to variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump system, dedicated server room VRF unit added, and classroom roof-top air handling units replaced with new heat pumps.
o Caneyville Elementary School - Variable flow upgrade for the hydronic system.
o Wilkey Elementary School - Upgrade Existing HVAC System to new Mitsubishi Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat pump system with dedicated ventilation units.
o Lawler Elementary School - Upgrade Existing HVAC System to new Mitsubishi Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat pump system with dedicated energy recovery ventilation.
o Grayson County Middle School Gym – A/C Upgrade from heat-only unit.
o Grayson County Technology Center – Packaged Rooftop Air Handling Unit Replacement.
• Implementation of Harshaw Trane Intelligent Services agreement providing a finely-tuned, long-term commissioning of the controls system that has resulted in excess savings over and above the original performance contract.
Currently, 201 Kentucky school buildings have received the ENERGY STAR award. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR label use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Grayson County School’s actual cumulative savings since Harshaw Trane completed the project equals $866,104 (10,037,630 kWh, 7,962 kW and 145,258 ccf). That translates into:
- 7,771 Metric Tons of CO2
- 42 Metric Tons of SO2
- 13 Metric Tons of NO
- 2,558 passenger cars not driven for one year
- 27,487 barrels of oil not burned
- 1,517 households reducing CO2 emissions for one year
- or 97 acres of trees preserved from deforestation
“The Grayson County Board of Education proved that they are good stewards to the taxpayers and the environment,” said Chris Jaggers, Harshaw Trane account executive. “Not only did they have the vision to invest in the infrastructure upgrades to make their buildings energy efficient, but they also used new technologies to operate the building efficiently. Proper operation of a building is key to the long term success of an energy conservation program.”
About Harshaw Trane
Harshaw Trane (www.harshawtrane.com) creates and sustains high performing, efficient and secure facility environments. An intelligent building technology and energy services provider, the company employs 280 highly-trained associates including Certified Energy Managers and LEED® Accredited Professionals, is an ENERGY STAR Product and Services Provider and is a founding member of the Kentucky chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Harshaw Trane is headquartered in Louisville and has offices in Lexington and Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Evansville, Indiana.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.
EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy 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 EPA’s 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship and warehouses.