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York Middle School
1730 N. Delaware
York, NE 68467
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York Middle School educates more than 250 6th-8th grade students in York, Nebraska. The middle school building was constructed in 2007. Ground source heat pumps serve the heating and cooling needs of the entire facility. Energy recovery ventilators are used to deliver outside air to the facility. The circulating pumps have variable frequency drives (VFDs). An energy management system (EMS) is used to schedule operation of the equipment and allow adjustment of temperature settings. Classrooms and other areas are equipped with occupancy sensors to control lighting.

The school's baseline energy performance was assessed, and efficiency gains were pursued that could be accomplished through improved operations and other low cost practices. Initial benchmarking in May 2009 using EPA's Portfolio Manager tool returned a baseline score of 67--above the national average but still not high enough to earn the ENERGY STAR label. The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) conducted a survey, which revealed a number of significant operational changes that resulted in rapid savings. Optimized HVAC scheduling, temperature setpoint changes, and improved control of circulating pump VFDs were among various measures that were recommended to produce energy savings. The energy savings amounted to a 22-percent reduction in total electricity consumption from June 2009 - February 2010, as compared to the same period one year previously. By early 2010, only 9 months after its initial benchmarking, the York Middle School earned the ENERGY STAR by achieving an energy performance score of 80 in Portfolio Manager. This dramatic increase in energy efficiency translates into real savings for York Public Schools.




"York Public Schools is proud of the partnership they've formed with NPPD and is excited about the positive results."

-- Dr. Mike Lucas, Superintendent, York Public Schools

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by York Public Schools or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Service Provider:
Nebraska Public Power District

Building Owner:*
York Public Schools

Property Manager:*
York Public Schools

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2010 (80)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 77818 sf

Year Constructed: 2007

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 3-Load Reductions