August 31, 2009 CONTACT: Tony Mancuso, Director Property Management
St. Louis County Courthouse
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Duluth, MN 218-725-5085
ST. LOUIS COUNTY EARNS THE ENERGY STAR FOR SUPERIOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT THE HIBBING ANNEX
The St. Louis County Hibbing Annex, formerly the Mesaba Clinic, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR award, which is the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. Commercial buildings and industrial plants that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency may qualify for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR award use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
The St. Louis County Property Management Department is pleased to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of the county’s fundamental commitment to protect the environment through continuous improvement in energy performance. Through this achievement, the county, through its Property Management Department, has demonstrated its commitment to achieving maximum facility operational energy efficiency while lowering energy related costs.
St. Louis County purchased the 27,000 sq/ft building in 2001 in an effort to centralize county government and move its operations out of leased office spaces located in various buildings throughout Hibbing. The old Mesaba Clinic building sat vacant for several years while design teams hammered out the details on what energy applications would be used to maximize the building’s performance. High efficiency, low cost building materials were also integrated into the design.
The Hibbing Annex was remodeled in 2006 and now features natural daylighting windows, solar domestic hot water, a 6.5 kilowatt array of electricity producing solar panels, a raised floor system (displacement ventilation), and premium efficiency pumps, fans, and motors. The building also boasts a solar pre-heat make up air system which has no moving parts and is virtually maintenance free. It can pre-heat cool incoming air up to 60 degrees by using absorbed solar heat. Energy conserving landscaping and water conserving fixtures were also used. The Hibbing Annex will now be listed on the ENERGY STAR website as one of the most efficient buildings in the nation.
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