Arapahoe County recently was honored with the Energy Star award for having five of the most efficient buildings in the nation by the U.S. …
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Arapahoe County recently was honored with the Energy Star award
for having five of the most efficient buildings in the nation by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Energy Star is the mark of superior energy performance,
which was awarded to the county for reducing the release of
greenhouse gases and helping protect the environment.
The buildings receiving an Energy Star designation include the
Administration Building, 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton;
Administration II, 13101 E. Broncos Parkway, Centennial; Justice
Center District Courthouse, 7325 S. Potomac St., Centennial;
CentrePoint Plaza, 14980 E. Alameda Drive, Aurora and Altura Plaza,
15400 E. 14th Place, Aurora.
In 2007, the Arapahoe County Administration I and Administration
II buildings were two of only 138 Energy Star buildings in
Colorado, and the Justice Center District Courthouse was the only
courthouse in Colorado to receive the award.
“At a time when energy prices are rapidly increasing, but county
revenues are declining, it’s good to know that Arapahoe County is
firmly committed to energy conservation,” said County Commissioner
Pat Noonan, who represents District 4. “The cheapest energy is that
which you don’t use.”
The Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners has initiated
many energy performance improvements in recent years, which
contributed greatly to the county’s achievement.
Many of these improvements were put in place as part of an
Energy Performance Contract, which resulted in more than $969,000
in documented energy cost savings for the first full contract year,
which ended in April 2008.
The improvements include upgraded lighting, more efficient
cooling and heating equipment, improved building controls, revised
building equipment operating schedules and measuring and adjusting
building equipment operating parameters to assure that equipment is
performing as designed.
Additional benefits are improved comfort levels and more
even-lighting levels, which contribute to greater employee
The Energy Star program ranks buildings on a 0 to 100 scale.
Buildings with a rating of 75 or higher are eligible for the
Energy Star designation.
Building energy use performance is based on many
characteristics, such as size, location, use — office, courthouse,
school — age of building, number of occupants and weather.
“It’s good to knowthat Arapahoe Countyis firmly committed
toenergy conservation … The cheapest energy is that which you don’t
Pat NoonanArapahoe County commissioner
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