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Hoose Elementary School
600 Grandview Drive
Normal, IL 61761
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Opened in 1965 and with three additions since, Hoose Elementary School is a 51,570-square-foot building serving approximately 680 pre-K through fifth-grade students. The site HVAC system consists of two hot water boilers and chillers. This school exemplifies the results that can be achieved with an older heating and cooling system through the efforts of the people in the building.

To help address a dwindling Operations and Maintenance Fund budget, the Board of Education signed a contract in late 2004 with Energy Education, Inc. to assist with utility management and cost containment.  The formal application of the program began August 1, 2005.  Thus, August 1, 2004 through July 31, 2005 became the baseline year for building performance comparison.  Using the methods developed by Energy Education, Inc., which include having an Energy Educator Manager work in the district and expert consultants frequently visit to assist with both building and data analysis, the school district began realizing savings.  As a "people-based program," the major goal was to teach each employee and student to think about energy efficiency.

Employees at this site clearly embraced the energy savings concepts embraced by Energy Education, Inc. and ENERGY STAR. Steps were taken to minimize energy needs at all times but in particular evenings, weekends, and holidays. Accordingly, annual energy savings have risen to more than $31,000. The cooperation of custodial, teaching, cooking, and administrative staff has contributed greatly to the success of energy efficiency efforts at this school.


Communication for this site involves:
-- Sending a monthly newsletter electronically to each employee.
-- Sharing monthly savings with the superintendent.
-- Holding a meeting twice a year with the building administrator, head custodian, and energy manager.
-- Giving reports to the board of Education twice per year.
-- Reporting information in local news media.


"Staff determination to save energy during the school day and in particular after school hours have paid large rewards for this building (28 percent savings). Another factor impacting this site was the 2009 conversion from hot water boilers (with A/C) to geothermal."

-- Bruce Boswell, Energy Manager, McLean County Unit District Five

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by McLean County Unit School District #5 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.

Building Owner:*
McLean County Unit School District #5

Property Manager:*
McLean County Unit School District #5

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2009 (75)
2010 (83)
2011 (94)
2012 (96)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 54924 sf

Year Constructed: 1965

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting