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Coal Ridge High School to compete in Battle of the Buildings

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Coal Ridge High School has been selected to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.

The 2011 competition includes 245 teams from 26 different types of commercial buildings, such as retail stores, schools, hotels, and museums, in 33 states. Eleven buildings are more than 100 years old, the smallest building is just over 6,000 square feet, and 15 buildings cover more than 1 million square feet of floor space, with the largest totaling nearly 3 million square feet.

Coal Ridge, which opened in 2005, becomes the second school in the region to compete. Last year, Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale was one of 18 buildings across the country selected for the inaugural, and much smaller, competition. Crystal River placed seventh and saved $19,000 in energy bills in one year.

“Coal Ridge is honored to be a part of EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition,” said Principal Dave Morgan. “We are committed to improving our energy efficiency, and we look forward to seeing how we measure up against other buildings across the nation.”

Competitors will measure and track their building’s monthly energy consumption using EPA’s ENERGY STAR online energy tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, make improvements to their building’s energy performance and share their progress.

Of the initial pool of 245 competitors, a small group of buildings will be selected as finalists in July. Among the finalists, the building that demonstrates the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity will be recognized as the winner on Nov. 2.

To reduce the amount of energy used at Coal Ridge High School, the Garfield Re-2 school district and Coal Ridge faculty, staff and students have already:

• Installed interval data reporting meters to monitor building energy use on a daily basis.

• Performed an energy audit of the building’s mechanical systems.

• Retrofitted the lighting in the commons to more energy efficient fixtures.

• Begun an awareness campaign encouraging energy conservation among staff and students.

• Evaluated and modified the building controls and air handlers.

• Evaluated and modified boiler system and equipment.

• Scheduled a retrofitting of gymnasium lights to high efficiency fixtures and bulbs for this summer.

• Scheduled installation of classroom occupancy sensors to reduce energy consumption for summer.

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