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District praised for savings and innovation

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Frankfort, KY (March 22, 2016) – At the Frankfort Independent Schools Board of Education meeting on March 21, the district celebrated ENERGY STAR® awards for Second Street Elementary School and Frankfort High School. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

“The investment by Frankfort Independent school board team members had led to a powerful change in our system approach to energy and operational efficiency, “said Dr. Houston Barber, superintendent for Frankfort Independent Schools. “Our board team is dedicated to providing safe, effective learning spaces for our children in the Frankfort community.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR awards, Frankfort Independent Schools worked with Louisville- based energy services company Harshaw Trane to update facilities by taking the following actions with minimal disruption to school operation during construction:

  • HVAC system replacement at Second Street Elementary School                 
  • Lighting retrofit
  • Integration of High School HVAC building automation system
  • Addressed maintenance and reliability issues of HVAC
  • Implemented a sustainability program to ensure optimal building efficiency and performance
  • Partaking in annual measurement & verification and training programs

Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  Frankfort Independent Schools improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire district and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings. Frankfort Second Street Elementary School has achieved an annual savings of $123,486 while Frankfort High School has saved $211,768 with the gym updates saving $42,706 for a total of $377,960.

These energy savings equate to 1,004 passenger cars not driven for one year, 10,790 barrels of oil not burned,  596 houses of electricity reduced for one year and 38 acres of forest preserved from deforestation for one year. According to SEMP, 315 Kentucky school buildings have received the ENERGY STAR award. Since its baseline year, the district has prevented the emissions of more than 4,640 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

“The Frankfort Independent Schools Board of Education has proved that they are good stewards to the taxpayers and the environment,” said Kyle Johnson, Harshaw Trane Education Sustainability Leader.  “Not only did they have the vision to invest in the infrastructure upgrades to make their buildings energy efficient but they also used new technologies to operate the building efficiently. Proper operation of a building is key to the long term success of an energy conservation program.”


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About Harshaw Trane

Harshaw Trane (www.harshawtrane.com) creates and sustains high performing, efficient and secure facility environments.  An intelligent building technology and energy services provider, the company employs 280 highly-trained associates including Certified Energy Managers and LEED® Accredited Professionals, is an ENERGY STAR Product and Services Provider and is a founding member of the Kentucky chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.  Harshaw Trane is headquartered in Louisville and has offices in Lexington and Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Evansville, Indiana.