ST. LOUIS OFFICE SCORES EPA’S ENERGY STAR® CERTIFICATION
Clayco has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification for their St. Louis office, signifying the building performed in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and met strict energy performance levels set by the EPA.
“Clayco is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Robert G. Clark, Chairman and CEO of Clayco. “Through this achievement and participation in campaigns such as the 25 by 20 initiative, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs by approximately $65,000 annually.”
Joining the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative’s 25 by 20 Benchmarking Campaign in 2013, Clayco vowed to reduce energy use by 25 percent by the year 2020. To date, it is the first and only organization participating in the campaign to have reached the 25 percent reduction goal, stretching to 30 percent, three years ahead of schedule.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, Clayco took the following actions:
Implementation of economizer devices on machines to increase on-going and monitoring-based commissioning.
Updated the 1994 HVAC building management system programming with the latest energy savings controls, enabling the organization to improve its warm up controls.
Improvements to the building’s interior environment, including: increased levels of outdoor air, faster temperature regulation to within the thermal comfort zone, acoustic quality improvement, and more responsive thermostat control.
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. Clayco improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its 78,000-square-foot St. Louis building.
“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.”