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Northpoint Elementary School
2602 East College Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61704
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Opened in 1988 with one addition since, Northpoint Elementary School is a 65,739-square-foot building serving approximately 800 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. The site HVAC system consists of two hot water boilers and chillers. This school represents the results that can be achieved with an older heating and cooling system through the efforts of the people in the building working to reduce energy need.

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 base year for building performance comparison. Using the methods developed by Energy Education, Inc. that include having an Energy Educator Manager work in the district and expert consultants visit frequently to assist with both building and data analysis, the school district began seeing savings.  As a "people based program," the major goal was to get each employee and student to think energy savings.

Employees at this site clearly embraced the energy savings concepts advocated 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 over $66,000.00. The cooperation of custodial, teaching, cooking, and administrative staff have each contributed to the success with energy savings at this school. Currently, this ENERGY STAR labeled (2010) site has a score of 81.


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



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):
2010 (81)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 65739 sf

Year Constructed: 1988

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning