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Wednesday, 4 March, 2009 7:23 PM

Detroit Wayne Joint Building Authority Receives 2008 ENERGY STAR® Label

Authority Recognized For Smart Business Practices and Environmental Responsibility At The Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

Photo credit: Franco Public Relations

Patricia A. Cole, chairperson of the Detroit Wayne Joint Building Authority commissioners, with ENERGY STAR award.

 

DETROIT – The Detroit Wayne Joint Building Authority received a 2008 ENERGY STAR Label on behalf of its efforts to reduce energy consumption and implement smart business practices at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. The ENERGY STAR program, created in 1998, is a joint effort of the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. This is the third consecutive year the Authority received the ENERGY STAR label.

The Center [formerly known as the City-County building] was built in 1955 and houses Detroit’s Executive and Legislative branches of government, the Clerk’s offices of Detroit and Wayne County, the Third Judicial Circuit Court and Wayne County Probate Court. The Authority owns and operates the Center.

"The 2008 Energy Star designation from the EPA and the U.S. Energy Department is a much-deserved honor for the Detroit Wayne Joint Building Authority," said Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. "I congratulate the Authority for conserving energy and saving Detroit taxpayers money by taking an innovative approach to building management and maintenance.”

Over the past several years, the Authority has implemented a variety of no-cost and low cost green initiatives designed to operate the building in an environmentally responsible manner. Examples of initiatives include:

  • Modifying building hours of operation to reduce electricity needs
  • Improving thermostatic controls within the tenants suites
  • Establishing daytime cleaning and maintenance
  • Upgrading heating and cooling systems
  • Using water from the Detroit River to chill computer systems
  • Retrofitting lighting in the Center with 18,000 new high-efficiency lamps and electronic ballasts

The green initiatives have had a very positive impact on utility consumption, reducing the Center’s annual usage by 50 percent. The reduction in energy costs and related savings is in excess of $3 million dollars over the past three years, enabling the Authority to reduce tenant rent paid by the City of Detroit and Wayne County, and to reinvest in important capital improvements such as:

  • The Spirit of Detroit statue restoration
  • The auditorium restoration
  • Improvements to the Center’s automation system that will further reduce electrical consumption and improve tenant comfort

Throughout 2008, the Authority has reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual electrical consumption of 1,335 households or equal to the annual gas emissions from 1,846 passenger vehicles.

"Receiving a 2008 ENERGY STAR Label is a testament to the commitment of the Detroit Wayne Joint Building Authority on its efforts to be energy efficient,” said Robert Ficano, Wayne County Executive. “Receiving the award for three consecutive years demonstrates the Center's consistent achievements in environmental responsibility that brings long-term benefits."

Plans call for continued environmental upgrades to position the Center to qualify for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED®] Green Building Rating System certification. The LEED certification recognizes efforts in environmental health, water savings, site development, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

For more information about the Detroit Wayne Joint Building Authority, visit www.dwjba.com.

For more information about Hines, visit www.hines.com.

Source: Franco Public Relations

 

 

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