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    Awards

    ENERGY STARing Hawaii project 2015-2016

    EPA ENERGY STAR program recognizes 83 Hawaii Public Schools for outstanding energy performance with ENERGY STAR certificate

    In 2015 and 2016, Engineering Economics Inc. (EEI) and Momentum Bay benchmarked and/or certified 2,638 buildings and/or campuses for ten State of Hawaii departments, including 1,018 buildings and 83 campuses of Hawaii Public Schools.

    Why ENERGY STAR benchmark? First, since 2007, energy efficiency benchmarking has been mandated by law in Hawaii by the Legislature.

    But, more importantly, Portfolio Manager equips owners and managers of facilities to understand their buildings’ energy usage per square foot (Energy Usage Intensity, or EUI) in context of all their peers nationwide, normalized, weighted and adjusted by ZIP Code, weather, square footage, etc.

    So, energy analysis moves from “Yeah! I lost or gained weight again this year” to “Our building’s fitness improved year-over-year, and the building’s EUI ranks among the best in the nation – Top 25 percent – for its peers.”

    So, why do buildings pursue ENERGY STAR certification?

    Why do students earn grades?

    When a baby is born, it is often at its best. Through the day, days, months, and years, weight fluctuates. And, we are sometimes more and sometimes less fit than we should be relative to global medical statistics, and for our Designer’s intended design. I may be health or unhealthy at any given weight.

    Same analogy applies to an air conditioning system, that was designed or born to be a 4-ton 16 SEER rating. But, after only a few years, an HVAC system suffers thermal fouling, and operates well below its designed tonnage and SEER rating.

    Hawaiian facilities have the same problem. Fortunately, this project revealed to Hawaii Public Schools that it could certify for taxpayers and the Legislature $300 million to $800 million of energy savings over ten years if it were to ENERGY STAR benchmark and/or certify its entire school district annually, earning grades just like its students do.

    BIG mahalo to EEI and State of Hawaii for trusting us with this vast project, which catapulted Momentum Bay beyond 1,100 other firms to the “Top 40” firms on the EPA’s list of Most Active ENERGY STAR Service and Product Providers.


    Texas’ healthiest, most resilient K-12 school Monarch School celebrates Earth Day 2013 by earning its third consecutive ENERGY STAR certification

    April 15, 2013

    Today, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program awarded The Monarch School’s Chrysalis building – Texas’ healthiest, most sustainable K-12 school – with the building’s third consecutive ENERGY STAR label for scoring a 91 out of 100 because of its exemplary green building operations.

    This year, only 69 other Texas K-12 schools – 9,104,917 square feet – certified the exemplary energy performance and ongoing fitness of their buildings’ and/or campuses.

    Monarch School’s Chrysalis Building operates more efficiently than its architects and engineers ever intended. Designed to operate at 86 out of 100 – among the nation’s top 14 percent of K-12 school buildings, Chrysalis operated at 91 out of 100 for the year April 2012 to April 2013.

    Momentum Bay is very proud of this A grade earned by everyone at Monarch.

    But, why don’t other eligible K-12 schools pursue recognition for their exemplary ENERGY STAR performance yearly?

    Students must earn grades in classes to graduate, and do more than just attend school, right?

    More—>

    Texas’ greenest K-12 school Monarch School celebrates Earth Day 2012 by earning its second ENERGY STAR certification

    April 20, 2012

    Today, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program awarded The Monarch School’s Chrysalis building – Texas’ healthiest, most sustainable K-12 school – with the building’s second ENERGY STAR label for scoring a 94 out of 100 because of its exemplary green building operations.

    Since 1999, only 5,629 ENERGY STAR labels have been awarded to the nation’s 130,000+ K-12 schools. 559 (10%) of these ENERGY STAR certifications have been awarded in 2012 alone, 22 of which are in Texas.

    With Chrysalis 2012 label, The Monarch School joins only three other 2012 ENERGY STAR award-winning schools or districts in Texas. More—>

    GREEN POWER 4 TEXAS helps The Monarch School’s Chrysalis become 1st K-12 School in Texas & 2nd in U.S. to win 2011 ENERGY STAR label

    April 8, 2011

    Today, just before a possible government shutdown, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program awarded The Monarch School’s Chrysalis building – Texas’ healthiest, most sustainable K-12 school – with the first 2011 ENERGY STAR label by a K-12 school in Texas, & the second K-12 school in the United States to earn the 2011 ENERGY STAR building certification for exemplary green building operations.

    This award was a natural, but hard-earned follow through by the school after its rare “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR” (DEES) certification for exemplary design back in 2009. Monarch’s Chrysalis is one of very few DEES recipients in history to earn the ongoing ENERGY STAR label. More—>

    The Monarch School celebrated as Finalist in ULI Houston’s Development of Distinction Awards

    January 25, 2011

    Tonight, hundreds of Houston’s real estate professionals gathered with the Urban Land Institute to celebrate 2010’s Developments of Distinction.

    The Monarch School – Texas’ healthiest, most sustainable K-12 school among 10,000+ other schools was recognized for its design leadership with Winners: Brays Crossing developed by New Hope Housing, Capitol Oaks developed by InTown Homes, Children’s Museum of Houston Renovation developed by the Children’s Museum of Houston; and Finalists: Greenway Plaza owned by Crescent, Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land developed by City of Sugar Land, BP Helios Plaza developed by BP America; Honorable Mentions: Memorial Park, Living Bridge owned by the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department, & The Terraces developed by Kaldis Development Interests. More—>


    HowToPlatinum.com: Momentum Bay® Helps Texas-based Jacob White Achieve Triple LEED® Platinum, Like Hines & Adobe

    December 20, 2010

    In November 2010, three of Jacob White’s real estate developments achieved LEED Platinum certification, ranking Jacob White as one of only three private developers, owners and/or managers in the world to have earned three or more Platinum certifications, alongside Hines and Adobe.

    Headquartered just south of Houston, Texas since 1992, Jacob White is one of world’s leading sustainable real estate innovators, providing integrated, healthy, high performance green building development, design, construction and management. MORE—>

    Jacob White accepted into EPA Green Power Partnership, Leadership Club & 100% Purchasers groups

    June 25, 2009

    Today, Jacob White demonstrated its commitment to a healthy, sustainable Texas by submitting its application to join the EPA’s Green Power Partnership as well as its elite Leadership Club & 100% Purchasers group. Jacob White’s expertise lies in healthy, energy efficient, resource efficient high-performance green buildings, including “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR,” ENERGY STAR labeled, & LEED certified green buildings.

    2011 Follow Up: By 2011, Jacob White’s commitment in killowatt-hours has more than doubled, and it has expanded from only offsite utility green power to include onsite vertical axis wind turbines at its LEED Platinum certified Texas headquarters.

    Hines wins EPA Award ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Partner of the Year 2009

    March 31, 2009

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program presented Hines with one of its highest honors again—the Sustained Excellence in Energy Management Partner of the Year Award. This award attests to Hines’ extraordinary accomplishments in 2008, but two achievements in particular.

    First, roughly ten Hines developments earned the “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR” designation.

    And, second, Hines labeled in one calendar year over 100 commercial office buildings representing over 55 million square feet, which equals one out of every nine square feet of office space in the United States that earned the ENERGY STAR label in 2008.

    Hines had also won the “Partner of the Year” award in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

    In 2008, Momentum Bay’s Founder Mark Robinson was honored to serve as Hines’ first Sustainability Manager. In this role, Robinson helped Hines strategize, implement and articulate both corporate sustainability and sustainable real estate strategies that earned employees’, clients’ and competitors’ attention, with awards like ENERGY STAR’s “Partner of the Year” award. More—>

    Houston’s Green Bank N.A. new headquarters wins LEED Gold

    December 16, 2008

    Today, Green Bank, N.A. (formerly Redstone Bank) lived up to its name when it received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification for its new sustainably designed community bank headquarters at 4000 Greenbriar in Houston, Texas.

    Since 2005, Momentum Bay’s Mark Robinson served as the green business, green building & green energy advisor to Chairman Manny Mehos and CEO/President Bob New, Jr. Momentum Bay’s team provided sustainability consulting that included executive coaching & staff training, competitive analysis, LEED consulting, green power, rebranding, website design & development, speech writing, accolades & more.

    This award independently audits & certifies Green Bank’s & the Momentum Bay team’s hard work, leadership & savings for the bank’s clients & community. MORE—>

    2010 Update: Nearly 100 other Texas bank projects were pursuing LEED certification by early 2010.

    HinesREIT awarded highest honor as greenest REIT in world

    November 20, 2008

    Today, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and ENERGY STAR® awarded Hines REIT and its sponsor, Hines, with the highest honor (Gold) in this year’s “Leaders in the Light” Awards.

    This award positions Hines as the leading owner, developer and property manager of green office buildings in the United States.

    In 2008, Momentum Bay’s Founder Mark Robinson was honored to serve as Hines’ first Sustainability Manager. In this role, Robinson helped Hines strategize, implement and articulate both corporate sustainability and sustainable real estate strategies that earned employees’, clients’ and competitors’ attention, with awards like the “Leader in the Light” award. More—>

    Momentum Bay recognized as one of two Houston-area EPA Green Power Leaders

    November 2006

    Today, the EPA Green Power Partnership extended membership in its Green Power Leadership Club to Momentum Bay for exemplary green power procurement. While Momentum Bay is one of only two Houston-area companies that has committed to purchasing 100% green power, Texas ranks as the state with the most EPA Green Power Leaders – nearly three times any other state.

    One Momentum Bay team member offered, “Most Americans wouldn’t rank Texas as the most environmentally friendly state. But, we are in many ways – wind power generation and electricity choice by businesses. That’s encouraging.” More—>


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