High school’s en­ergy-ef­fi­cient rat­ing worth $1M

The Community Connection - - NEWS - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> In­creased en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and green tech­nolo­gies built into the Pottsgrove High School ren­o­va­tion last year will be worth $1 mil­lion.

The money goes back to 2014 when the dis­trict re­ceived a $2 mil­lion grant to make the high school more en­ergy ef­fi­cient.

The grant came from the Penn­syl­va­nia Al­ter­na­tive and Clean En­ergy pro­gram.

The catch was the tech­nol­ogy re­quired to in­crease en­ergy ef­fi­ciency added $1 mil­lion to the cost of the $32 mil­lion project com­pleted last year.

It meant spend­ing about $1 mil­lion in en­ergy ef­fi­cient equip­ment like so­lar pan­els and water con­serv­ing bath­room fix­tures and tests, cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and pa­per­work re­lat­ing to con­struc­tion meth­ods, ma­te­ri­als and even the dis­tance ma­te­ri­als were shipped.

Had the build­ing not achieved the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the dis­trict would have had to re­turn the $2 mil­lion, as well as be­ing stuck with the ad­di­tional $1 mil­lion of buy­ing the equip­ment.

Con­versely, in or­der to keep the $1 mil­lion left over, the school had to pass an en­ergy ef­fi­ciency test by earn­ing a gold LEED rat­ing.

LEED stands for Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign.

A va­ri­ety of fac­tors are ex­am­ined and Pottsgrove needed to earn 60 points in the rat­ing sys­tem to re­ceive a Gold rat­ing. It re­ceived 65.

The only higher level is plat­inum.

“LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion iden­ti­fies Pottsgrove High School as a show­case ex­am­ple of sus­tain­abil­ity and demon­strates lead­er­ship in trans­form­ing the build­ing in­dus­try,” ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the dis­trict.

Ma­hesh Ra­manu­jam, the Pres­i­dent and CEO or the U.S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil and Green Busi­ness Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, re­cently pre­sented the cer­tifi­cate to the dis­trict.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

For­mer Pottsgrove School Board Pres­i­dent Matt Alexan­der and Su­per­in­ten­dent Wil­liam Shirk cut the rib­bon last year ded­i­cat­ing the ex­panded and ren­o­vated Pottsgrove High School

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Pottsgrove High School’s Gold LEED cer­tifi­cate

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