FBISD recognized for reducing energy use by in EPA’s ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition
Fort Bend ISD announced that its buildings successfully crossed the finish line in EPA’s 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In its fourth year, the competition featured buildings from across the country racing to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs, and protect health and the environment. Together, competitors cut their energy costs by more than $100 million.
Three FBISD schools – Jordan Elementary, Burton Elementary and Hodges Bend Middle School – reduced their energy use by an average of 22% percent and prevented 546 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the year, equal to the energy use from 50 homes annually. Additionally, FBISD schools were formally recognized for achieving an energy use reduction of 20 percent or greater. The energy reductions were verified by Rachael Soto, a licensed professional engineer and president of ENVI Engineering, at the conclusion of the competition.
“The National Building Competition is a great way to compare the rates in which we are reducing our energy usage against other participants nationally,” said Kellie Williams, Energy Manager at Fort Bend ISD. “We are excited by the enthusiasm and commitment of our team here at Fort Bend ISD and look forward to seeing more savings in the future.”
Fort Bend ISD reduced its energy use through various strategies, including HVAC and lighting retrofits, controls revisions, and behavioral modifications.
“The impressive results of the fourth-annual National Building Competition are proof positive that any building can take simple steps to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings where we all work, play, and learn,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings and industrial plants. “All of the participants in the Energy Star National Building Competition are finding more and more ways to cut energy use, saving thousands of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Congratulations to Fort Bend ISD for helping to lead the way.”
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