Park and Rec’s Highway 16 Administrative Office Building, located on Brookshire Boulevard, and the Hal Marshall Center, located uptown, recently became the County's first two buildings to receive ENERGY STAR certification.
Participation in ENERGY STAR is just one portion of the larger energy reduction plan for Mecklenburg County. The County is working diligently to assess its building portfolio, establish portfolio benchmarks and identify future energy conservation measures. These combined efforts will ultimately help the County achieve its goal of a 15-percent energy reduction by 2020.
“I am very excited about Mecklenburg County’s participation in the ENERGY STAR program. Park and Recreation staff worked hard to make this happen from the staff at the building controlling their consumption to the Capital Reserve and Maintenance teams ensuring the building equipment is performing well,” said Erin DeBerardinis, energy manager for Mecklenburg County. This certification will be the first of many for Mecklenburg County.”
In late May, the Hal Marshall building became the second County building to receive ENERGY STAR certification. Hal Marshall houses office space for numerous County departments namely, the Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA) consisting of Code Enforcement, Air Quality, Storm Water Services, Solid Waste, the Environmental Health Section of the County’s Public Health Department, County GIS, and the Women’s Commission among others.
The entire team at Hal Marshall has taken energy reduction and sustainability seriously. They have worked together diligently to reduce their energy consumption through several energy reduction campaigns and by enrolling in Smart Energy Now’s program. The Maintenance and Capital Reserve teams have done their part in this effort by implementing equipment upgrades and fine-tuned the controls of the internal systems.
"Being one of the older buildings in the County's fleet, it is truly a great accomplishment to achieve the ENERGY STAR certification. It is a testament to our great group of employees who put energy saving ideas into action to achieve results," said LUESA Director Ebenezer S. Gujjarlapudi.
Commercial buildings that earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR must outperform 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, as verified by a professional engineer or a registered architect.
ENERGY STAR certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial facilities can earn the ENERGY STAR, including office buildings, schools and retail stores.
About U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR
Launched in 1992 by EPA, ENERGY STAR is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Last year, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses saved $30 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 38 million homes. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 70 different product categories, 1.5 million new homes, and 23,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov