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Heritage ES
2600 Jolly RD
Renaissance, GA 30349
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Heritage Elementary School exemplifies a well-designed and constructed building that is operated in a conscientious manner. Heritage is one of 19 high performance elementary schools that have opened in Fulton County School System since 1997. The foundation for Heritage's outstanding energy performance is a building design that incorporates best practices in all building systems, ranging from building envelope to lighting to heating ventilation, air-conditioning, and controls. The building designers, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, in partnership with Spurlock and Associates, are committed to adopting proven, cost-effective energy efficiency strategies. The efficient building systems are further assisted by the sustainable manner in which the school staff operates the buildings. Lights are turned off in unoccupied areas and HVAC systems are only operated when required for building activities.

Heritage Elementary School is one of 22 school buildings in Fulton County School System to earn the ENERGY STAR in 2008. This remarkable commitment to energy efficiency applies to both new and existing buildings. In addition to building efficient new schools such as Heritage Elementary School, Fulton County School System has renovated several schools using funding from a Special Local Option Sales Tax. The renovations have incorporated many of the same best practices applied to the new schools, including technologies such as high efficiency water source heat pumps, variable volume pumping, desiccant-based energy recovery units for outside air supplies, variable volume air supply systems, occupancy sensors, day-lighting, reflective roof surfaces, and bi-polar ionization air treatment to improve indoor air quality while controlling the amounts outside air requiring heating or cooling. In 2000, the school system completed a system-wide lighting retrofit that converted all fluorescent lighting from magnetically ballasted T-12 lamps to high efficiency electronically ballasted T-8 lamps replaced most of the incandescent lighting with T-8 or compact fluorescent lamps.

Fulton County Schools is committed to good stewardship of natural resources and the taxpayers funding through the operation of efficient buildings while maintaining high levels of building occupant comfort.


-- Interview for the local county TV channel.
-- School news release during National Energy Awareness month highlighting the school.
-- Highlighted during the Superintendent's report.
-- Presentation of the ENERGY STAR plaque to the school.


"Heritage Elementary proves that, just as having an economy car will not assure top-rated gas mileage, having an efficient building design does not guarantee superior energy performance. It takes dedicated staff, including the school custodial staff led by Gloria Scott who ensures that only the areas needed for after school activities are heated and cooled and that school cleaning operations minimize the requirements for after hour HVAC system operation."

-- Joseph Clements, Executive Director, Facility Services

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Fulton County 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:*
Fulton County Schools

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2008 (79)
2009 (87)
2010 (90)
2011 (89)
2012 (92)
2013 (94)
2014 (92)
2015 (92)
2016 (93)
2017 (92)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 105513 sf

Year Constructed: 2000

Contract Type: None

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