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Area school may receive EPA praise

Friday, April 25, 2008

Tom Reberger
In a time when energy prices are at record highs, one Clay County school may be rewarded for its efficiency.

Director of Buildings and Grounds Tom Reberger has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency for Meridian Elementary School to be named an Energy Star building.

Reberger and certified engineer Dale Bozell went through the building and past utility bills to complete a checklist of requirements.

Not only did Meridian meet many of the requirements, but also fit into the four conditional standards required of the award.

The EPA and Energy Star look for energy performance, thermal comfort, indoor air quality and illuminance levels in buildings when determining if a label is warranted.

Reberger said he feels "very confident" Meridian will qualify for the award.

He credits much of the building's efficiency to Performance Services, Inc., who installed air conditioning in the building in 2004.

Reberger said Performance Services not only installed the cooling system, but "tightened up" utility usage in Meridian and other schools in the corporation by putting in new windows and replacing some glass panels with opaque panels.

Along with responsible usage by school staff, the changes kept Meridian's utility bills from increasing with the use of air conditioning.

According to the checklist, Meridian energy usage intensity is 34 percent less than the average building of similar size and purpose.

Currently, the Energy Star building label has been awarded to nine buildings in Indiana.

The corporation will receive notification if Meridian is an Energy Star building within the next two weeks.

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Heh. I used to goto school at Meridian. That's kinda cool. :)

-- Posted by Inquizitor on Sat, Apr 26, 2008, at 8:46 PM

Even more of a reason just to remodel and not destroy!!

Way to go Tom and staff!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Sun, Apr 27, 2008, at 1:05 PM

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