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ENERGY STAR Labeled Building Profile

1500 Spruce St.
Wlimington, DE 19805
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The faculty and staff of Austin D. Baltz Elementary School pride themselves on their belief in lifelong learning and helping each student excel academically, socially, and behaviorally to achieve success and fulfillment.  As part of Red Clay Consolidated School District's comprehensive process to evaluate its facilities, the staff and community of Baltz Elementary School worked with the district to evaluate the facilities and recommend significant upgrades to the building's internal systems.

An ENERGY STAR partner since 2007, the district invested over 9 million dollars in recommended energy efficiency improvements.  There were two broad energy-related areas: 1) the ventilation systems, including air-conditioning, heating, and air circulation (particularly in rest rooms and faculty rooms) and 2) electrical upgrades, including correcting inefficient lighting in large classrooms and hallways and installing additional outlets in various areas of the school for better power supply throughout the building.  Funds of over 4 million dollars were invested in other miscellaneous interior improvements.

ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management were followed throughout the design and procurement of these major capital projects.  As a result, the school earned the ENERGY STAR in 2008 for superior energy efficiency.  Data compiled through Portfolio Manager continue to help verify that these improvements maximize the use of the school's energy resources.




"Baltz Elementary takes to heart today's ongoing energy conversation and the necessity to change with everyday proactive actions.  We applaud Baltz's consistent and dedicated staff who take the extra moment to see each window is closed, the lights are out and that kids grab an extra sweater for winter months."

-- Jennifer Shields-Russell, Principal, Austin D. Baltz Elementary School

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Red Clay Consolidated School District 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:
Studio JAED Architects & Engineers

Building Owner:*
Red Clay Consolidated School District

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2008 (84)
2009 (92)
2010 (88)
2011 (85)
2012 (85)
2013 (78)
2014 (78)
2016 (92)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 136278 sf

Year Constructed: 1950

Contract Type: Multiple Vendor Contracts
Financing Type: Public Bond

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies