33 South Sixth Street earns ENERGY STAR score 98

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On October 14th, 2015, Mayor Betsey Hodges presented an award to the 33 South Sixth Street team for achieving the highest ENERGY STAR score in Minneapolis among commercial business buildings over 100,000 sf, with a score of 98 out of 100 possible points.

(Left to Right) Elizabeth Glidden, Minneapolis City Council Member, Joseph Kirk, Shorenstein Assistant Property Manager, Nathan Reed, Shorenstein General Manager, Ronnie Ragoff, Shorenstein Asset Manager, Laura McCarten, Xcel Energy (Minneapolis Utility), Tim Stefans, Able Services Chief Engineer, Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis Mayor

“In Minneapolis, large commercial buildings make up almost 50% of the city’s energy use.  This provides a tremendous opportunity for identifying areas with the largest potential for energy savings. In February of 2013, the Minneapolis City Council adopted ordinance 47.190 requiring commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and over and city-owned buildings 25,000 square feet and over to annually benchmark their energy consumption and report this information to the City. This ordinance will allow building owners and the City to track energy and water usage year to year to determine opportunities for improvement, recognize high performers, and determine progress towards the City’s Climate Action Plan goals.” (Source: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/environment/energy/)

Energy Star is a voluntary US Environmental Protection Agency program that allows buildings to assess how their properties are performing against other like buildings nationwide through a 1-100 scoring system. 33 South Sixth Street’s score of 98 indicates that our building performs better than 98% of all similar facilities nationwide

33 South Sixth, a LEED Gold certified building, showcases an automatic lighting control system, occupancy sensors in the emergency exit stairwell, VFDs to control all HVAC equipment, and additional dampers on main air handlers to improve HVAC control and supply. The operations team also replaced to outdated chillers, two outdated cooling towers, and inefficient light bulbs with LED lighting. Energy consumption trending programs and ENERGY STAR tracking/certification have been in place for many years. Knowledgeable staff who practice sustainability have been critical in advancing these efforts. Additional improvements will occur as part of Shorenstein’s public commitment to reducing energy use 20% by 2020.

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