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LaFargeville Central School gets Energy STAR certification

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Infrastructure improvements at the LaFargeville Central School District have earned the district the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification.

The certification signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the agency. The certification was presented at the district’s Board of Education meeting Monday.

“The upgrades will save the school over $60,000 per year in energy costs,” said John Sanborn, Energy Solutions Engineer with Johnson Controls Inc., the company that helped LaFargeville develop energy saving building developments.

Mr. Sanborn said the Energy Star score achieved by the end of 2013 was 90. A building that scores a 75 or higher on an scale of 1 through 100 may be eligible to apply for the certification.

“The district is pleased to accept EPA’s Energy Star certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” Superintendent Travis Hoover said. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Mr. Sanborn said the Albany company began working with the district on an energy performance contract in 2009. Since then, the school has undergone energy efficiency upgrades such as improvements in its lighting, building controls system, boiler, heating and ventilation and walk-in cooler/freezer motor controls.

The construction period ran from July 2010 to September 2012 alongside a major capital improvement project. Mr. Sanborn said following the construction, the energy-performance part of the project was completed.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Mr. Sanborn said the district improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.

“This signifies that LCS was in the top 25 percentile, uses 35 percent less energy and generates fewer green house gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation,” Mr. Sanborn said. “For that, I would like to say congratulations to LaFargeville.”

Energy Star was introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas through energy efficiency. The EPA Energy Star Energy Performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide.

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