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729 S. Sugarland Run Drive
Sterling, VA 20164
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The goal of Loudoun County Public Schools is to reduce energy usage and ensure efficient and effective stewardship of public resources without impacting the educational environment.  This energy use philosophy began in 1992, when the district's superintendent, along with the Loudoun County Public School Board, started a formal Energy Conservation Program.  In 1998, LCPS became an ENERGY STAR partner.  Through this partnership, LCPS accessed ENERGY STAR tools and resources to help them incorporate new and innovative technologies into HVAC and lighting retrofit projects planned for Meadowland Elementary School.  By the end of the summer in 2003, Meadowland ES had the necessary upgrades to achieve maximum comfort for the learning environment while improving energy performance.  These upgrades, combined with a partnership with Energy Education Inc., set the stage for this school to earn the ENERGY STAR in 2008.  Efficient building systems combined with the building occupants' efforts to reduce daily energy use resulted in a "climate for success."  At Meadowland ES, students, faculty, and staff all do their part to help the environment by taking individual action to reduce energy use. 

The district invested $1.9M in energy efficiency improvements for Meadowland ES. The improvement project focused on two areas: HVAC and lighting.  The following HVAC equipment was upgraded: electric boilers were replaced with high efficiency gas pulse boilers with hot water reset capability; the existing air-cooled chiller was replaced with a more efficient chiller system; and variable air volume (VAV) air handlers were replaced with new units which included variable frequency drives (VFDs) on supply fans and outside air track dampers capable of measuring outside air requirements.  In addition, rooftop package units were installed on the multipurpose room and cafeteria to give the school the ability to zone HVAC operation for after hours activities.  The existing pneumatic control system was replaced with direct digital controls (DDC) controls which enabled monitoring, alarms, and scheduling from the main office.  The lighting portion of this project consisted of a T12 to T8 replacement and the installation of energy-efficient LED exit signs.


The people-oriented Transformational Energy Management Process developed by Energy Education is a significant component of the district's comprehensive energy conservation program, and site visits to the school to identify opportunities and discuss savings potential with students and faculty were performed. In addition, the school conducted the following outreach:
- Annual updates on current energy use trends are shared with the school's administration and faculty.
-- A press release was distributed to honor the ENERGY STAR qualified school.


"Meadowland Elementary School is the perfect example of how energy use reductions can occur in older facilities when technology is properly chosen, installed, and operated, by conscientious, knowledgeable energy users."

-- Michael Barancewicz & John Lord, Energy Education Specialists, Loudoun County Public Schools

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Loudoun County 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.

Building Owner:*
Loudoun County Public Schools

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2008 (83)
2009 (94)
2010 (95)
2011 (92)
2012 (91)
2013 (89)
2014 (90)
2015 (91)
2016 (92)
2017 (90)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 57080 sf

Year Constructed: 1979

Contract Type: Single Turn-Key Contract
Financing Type: Public Bond

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant