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ENERGY STAR® Certification Case Study - K-12 schools

As one of the Most Active EPA ENERGY STAR® Service and Product Providers (SPP), Momentum Bay believes that businesses profit by continually improving their management of energy and water resources.

Momentum Bay helps schools become healthy, efficient green schools where students, faculty, staff and leadership can excel.

Momentum Bay helps public and private school superintendents, heads of school, principals, school boards, facility managers, and their other leaders to get a bit fit - earn a passing note or even an A+ grade for their campus design, construction, operations and maintenance.

Equipped with our proprietary database of green schools' best practices, we inspire and lead occupants to optimize energy and optimize water - saving on average 7% of energy costs relative to peers by benchmarking, and 35% by certifying.


Texas' Healthiest, Most Sustainable K-12 School

In 2007, long before we helped Hawaii Public Schools benchmark 100+ campuses and certify 83 campuses, Momentum Bay began by coaching The Monarch School (now Monarch Institute) serving students with autism spectrum disorders.

Monarch School won 'Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR' certification for its campus' first building Chrysalis. The building was designed to operate among the top 14% of K-12 schools in the United States, that is, score an 86 out of 100.

However, after its design and construction was awarded LEED Gold certification, its performance the first 12 months of occupancy was below the national average -- only 44 out of 100.

Momentum Bay worked with the design and construction teams to discover a few overlooked HVAC items, raising the score to 52 out of 100 (still an average building).

Over the next 7 months, Momentum Bay and the facilities operator acted upon their findings during a simple walk-thru energy audit and catapulted the building's ENERGY STAR score to 94 out of 100.

To date, the building has won three consecutive ENERGY STAR certifications.

And, in 2014, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) named The Monarch School in Houston, Texas as its 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipient nationwide.

If Monarch adheres to these exemplary operating principles for its other new buildings during its 90-year lease, Monarch could realize $7 million of energy-only savings on $15 million of construction cost.

Even though many organizations silo their development and operations budgets, what if organizations could use integrated design to free up 40% more development resources through ongoing operational savings?

Imagine magnifying your mission through simply conservation and creativity.

... or click here to watch a documentary of the story.


According to a 2012 study
released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
every $1 invested in projects
with a typical Energy Service Company (ESCO)
yields $1.50 of direct benefits.



But, what if your building could invest under $5,000 and prove 7% energy and water savings relative to your peers?

What if your persistence boosted your savings to 35% better than your peer schools nationwide?

And, what if your investment discovered $2.25 million of only energy savings over the building's lifetime, and reduced energy consumption by 40%?

Great investment, right?


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