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CCG Helps Schools Earn National EPA Awards For Conservation

Posted on 2/1/2012

by Calvin Jefferson, Richfield Times

A Richfield-based company that designs energy-conservation plans tailored for a specific building has helped two Ohio schools earn top honors in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® competition, the 2011 “Battle of the Buildings.” CCG designed plans for Twinsburg High School and Sports Complex, which was awarded first place in the K-12 school division and second place overall, and Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights, which was awarded second place in the K-12 division and third place overall.

“The combination of having truly dedicated customers working together with our professional team is what makes these projects award-winners,” CCG  President Brian Wagner said.

The second annual EPA competition included teams from 254 commercial buildings from across the country. Each was challenged to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving efficiencies in their properties.

Energy use was tracked over a 12-month period using the EPA’s ENERGY STAR online tracking tool, Portfolio Manager. Buildings were judged by which had the greatest percentage reduction in energy use, adjusted for weather and size of building.

With CCG Energy Solution’s assistance, Twinsburg High School and Sports Complex reduced energy use by 46.3 percent for an annual cost savings of $505,323, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2,412 metric tons, according to competition results. “We were eager to see if our savings would be close to what CCG had projected for this project, and were thrilled when the actual results far exceeded those projections,” Twinsburg School District Assistant Superintendent Mike Lenzo said.

Polaris Career Center reduced energy use by 43.4 percent as the result of CCG’s plan, providing an annual cost savings of $220,902 while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1,071 metric tons, according to the results. “It was a team effort that got us to this point, and we are proud of the national recognition of our energy savings efforts,” Polaris Maintenance Coordinator Mark Miciak said.

The Battle of the Buildings, the only national competition of its kind, seeks to motivate and educate the nation to improve efficiencies in the way commercial buildings are managed, according to the EPA.

CCG works to maximize the effectiveness of clients’ funding by creating a package of “Energy Conservation Measures” that pays for itself with future utility savings, while improving comfort. As part of a plan, the company is the single-source provider for design, installation and savings performance monitoring. Measures typically include lighting, HVAC, building automation, water conservation and more, according to CCG. ∞

See the Richfield Times Magazine (page 21).

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