ENERGY STARing the State of Hawai'i
Here's how a school district can save $250,000,000 in 10 years ...
In 2014, building commissioning expert Engineering Economics Inc (EEI) out of Denver, Colorado invited Momentum Bay to ENERGY STAR benchmark and/or certify more than 500 government buildings and/or campuses in the 50th state of the union Hawai'i.
Thanks to a grant secured by the State of Hawai'i Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT), EEI and Momentum Bay have been working with outstanding public servants to comply with a 2006 law requiring ENERGY STAR benchmarking by all government buildings over 5,000 square feet.
Not only has our team helped Hawaii benchmark energy usage for over 2,500 buildings, Momentum Bay and EEI have helped State of Hawaii win 83 2015 and 2016 ENERGY STAR certifications in several waves for these buildings and/or K-12 school campuses.
Fifty Hawaii Public Schools Earn Prestigious ENERGY STAR®
Kekaha Elementary, Certification Number Five-O, Saves Hawaii Money
WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 8, 2015 - Working late tonight, the EPA ENERGY STAR Certification Team awarded our 50th ENERGY STAR award for the 50th state in the union.
Go, Hawai’i! What a special and timely achievement!
And, what a memorable way for all of us to serve our country, state and veterans in honor of both the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor week, and COP 21 the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Thank you, Hawai'i ENERGY STAR team, for your faithful service!
Here’s what these 50 awards and our Hawaiian ENERGY STAR team's valuable service mean:
So far, 50 out of 255 State of Hawaii Department of Education campuses have been certified by the EPA for exemplary energy efficiency performance - that is, these campuses operate among America’s top 25% of comparable K-12 campuses.
This exemplary “A” grade portfolio of campuses...
- saves $4,915,947 annually through energy efficiency and conservation
- saves $1.29 per square foot on a weighted square footage average basis
- enhances the productivity and lives of 35,637 students daily
- improves the work environment of 3,318 full-time equivalent workers daily
- covers 564 buildings with an weighted average Year Built of 1974
- impacts 3,840,018 square feet
- uses 39.8% less energy than comparable schools on a weighted square footage average basis
- scores a weighted average ENERGY STAR score of 90.13 out of 100 (clearly an “A” grade and among the nation’s top 9.87% of all comparable schools adjusted for weather)
- avoids 9,560 metric tons of CO2-equivalent yearly, which is the same as the carbon sequestered annually by 7,836 acres of US forests (or 2.05% of all the land on the island of Oahu)
For context, prior to this project, from 1999 to 2014, only 74 buildings and/or campuses had ever won an ENERGY STAR award. Our collective work will soon surpass that 15+ year achievement in just roughly a year.
Momentum Bay is VERY proud of its Hawaiian ohana (family). Mahalo!
P.S. How about more context?
Imagine how much Hawai’i will save over 10 years if all the 255 DOE campuses could achieve and maintain such exemplary building fitness:
- we’d save $250,000,000 — yes, a quarter of a billion dollars! (When was the last time someone told you that you, your fellow staff, and your students are worth that much money?)
- we’d avoid nearly 500,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent, which would be the same as the carbon sequestered annually by 391,800 acres of US forests in one year — 102.5% of all the land on the island of Oahu.