East Rochester School
773 Portland Street
East Rochester, NH 03868
The Rochester School Department is the third largest school district in the state of
Rochester School Department set out to manage its energy use in the early 1990's in order to decrease operating budgets and its impact on the environment. School administrators selected Honeywell to help advance their efforts and entered into a 10-year, $1.5-million energy savings performance contract that aimed to increase energy efficiency by focusing on updating aged building systems. The energy savings from the improvements enabled the district to fund the program and the savings were guaranteed through the performance contract so the work would not impact operating budgets.
By 1995, the energy management project was complete and the Rochester School Department was benefiting from the improvements, financially and operationally. Within a year of project completion, the district saved more than $200,000 in energy costs compared to the previous year. Overall, the district saved nearly $600,000 more than the project's guaranteed savings of $2.1 million.
In 2005, the Rochester School Department decided to embark upon a second phase of the program. The district continued working with Honeywell and signed a 10-year, $11.5-million contract that focused on technology improvements. Because a majority of the buildings were constructed prior to 1968, the upgrades were instrumental in keeping the schools modern, comfortable, and energy efficient.
Phase two included the installation of new ventilation equipment in nine schools, new boilers, access control and digital video security system at
In August 2009, the Rochester School Department joined ENERGY STAR as a partner. The district agreed to make a commitment to protect the environment and to continuously improve its energy performance. By early 2010, all 11 schools had earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.
The Rochester School Department is not stopping there, according to Director of Maintenance, Richard Kalisz, who notes that the district is currently implementing a third phase of improvements, which include converting the existing oil-fired burners at two of the schools into dual-fuel burners, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"Being the third largest department in the state, it's important to set an example that no matter what the challenges, energy efficiency can be achieved. Earning the ENERGY STAR speaks volumes for what the program has accomplished."-- Richard Kalisz, Director of Maintenance, Rochester School Department
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Rochester School Department 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.
Rochester School Department
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Facility Type: K-12 School
Total Floorspace: 51400 sf
Year Constructed: 1968
Contract Type: Performance Contract
Financing Type: Guaranteed Savings
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