Roby, new elementary Energy Star designed

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Roby Elementary School and the new elementary school under construction in Mount Washington have been designated as buildings “Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“To have two new schools designed to achieve this rating is a huge success for the district,” said Andrea Rock, Bullitt County Public School Energy Manager. “We have made it a priority to reduce our carbon footprint not only to take care of our environment, but also to reallocate the energy savings back where it counts - to our schools.”

Both buildings will be listed on the ENERGY STAR website under Energy-Efficient Design Projects. Designing these schools in accordance with the standards set forth by the ENERGY STAR program helps the environment while significantly reducing district dollars spent on energy consumption

According to the ENERGY STAR website, top performing ENERGY STAR labeled schools cost forty cents per square foot less to operate than the average performers. Many variables including the position of the building, materials used, daylighting and windows, mechanical and electrical controls, estimates of energy consumption as well as a host of other factors are part of an overall equation that qualifies a school to be designated as a “Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR” building.

“Designing energy-efficient schools with the environment in mind has been a part of our business for decades,” said David Samokar, president of Clotfelter-Samokar, PSC, the architecture/engineering firm that designed the buildings. “Since the ENERGY STAR program was introduced in the early 90’s, the guidelines and technologies have rapidly changed and it’s our job to stay on top of that so we can design buildings that are the best for the districts and their communities.”

The facilities join the recently completed Overdale Elementary School and the new Brooks Elementary School building under construction to qualify for ENERGY STAR status.

Freedom Elementary School was honored at the November 2009 Bullitt County Public School Board meeting with an ENERGY STAR award.

To learn more about Bullitt County Public Schools’ efforts to save energy and protect the environment, you can visit their website at www.bullittschools.org/energy.

Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.