10 Knollcrest Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45237
The first step was to create a "Green Team" consisting of top executives, facility managers, project managers, and associates from all business divisions. The team set a goal of reducing energy consumption enough to earn the ENERGY STAR.
In January 2008, the building was benchmarked using EPA's Portfolio Manager, and the building received an energy performance rating of 64. This rating was set as the baseline from which to build. Next, Engineering Excellence, Inc. investigated the energy consumption in the building by conducting an internal Engineering Excellence energy audit. The audit revealed that the building needed a controls upgrade to gain the ability to control all office suites from one central location. This control system created schedules based on the occupancy of the departments and also enabled employees to override the system when working during non-business hours. Along with the controls, a lighting upgrade was implemented and several HVAC units were installed in dedicated areas to reduce the need to run units serving occupied and unoccupied areas at the same time.
As the efficiency projects were implemented, Engineering Excellence, Inc. also rolled out low cost/no cost programs to all of its employees, recognizing their vital role in reducing the company's energy consumption. Recycling programs were publicized for paper, aluminum, cardboard, and printer cartridges, and even Styrofoam cups were removed from the break room. The Green Team sent e-mail reminders and tips to employees, and the President and C.E.O. took time on holidays and weekends to walk through the building to ensure the office equipment was turned off and the controls were properly shutting off units during office closures.
High level, executive support created a purpose for the efficiency projects and programs implemented, and positively influenced all employees to take part in helping to reduce the building's overall energy consumption. Commitment from all employees allows the program to remain sustainable.
The Green Team sent e-mails before extended holiday breaks to remind employees to shut off office equipment before leaving, and posters were placed around the building showing what products could be recycled and where recycling containers were located. Communication between the company divisions has been essential to employee participation and the overall success in reducing the building's energy consumption.
"After committing to sustainability, we saw a payback from energy efficiency investments within 8 months. With our ENERGY STAR score in hand, we have reduced our energy use by 14% to date. It just makes good fiscal sense to take advantage of the methods, technologies, and incentives of the day."
-- Thomas J. Winstel, CEO, Engineering Excellence
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Enervise, LLC 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.
Engineering Excellence, Inc.
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: Office
Total Floorspace: 30760 sf
Year Constructed: 1966
Contract Type: Internal Resources
Financing Type: Internal Capital
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