Huntley Community School District 158’s Administration and Transportation Building has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which 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 EPA.
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. Huntley 158 improved its energy performance through a variety of efficiency projects, including:
- updating Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning controls and operating strategies
- lighting retrofits in facility and on-site
- facility operational adjustments.
In addition to saving on environmentally damaging emissions, the District’s energy efficiency efforts at the Administration Center have helped save more than $20,300 over the past two years. The efforts are just one part of the District’s continuous improvement practices, which have contributed to District-wide operational savings in excess of $460,000 annually in recent years.
The Huntley 158 Administration and Transportation Center, opened in 2005, is located at 650 Academic Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102. It houses the District’s bus fleet and transportation department, as well as the District’s administrative and operational departments.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.