Montgomery County Energy Summit Features K-12 Schools

By Jen Singer, ICF on May 21, 2018

On April 4, 2018, Montgomery County, Maryland held its 5th annual energy summit on the topic of sustainability in the greater community. DOE Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) K-12 Schools Lead Crystal McDonald moderated a panel entitled “Stepping on the EUI Scale: Fine Tuning Energy Efficiency in K-12 Schools.” The panel featured three speakers representing Montgomery County Public Schools and their engineering and architectural consultants from James Posey Associates and Grimm + Parker Architects who were responsible for new construction and energy-efficient renovations of area public school facilities.

The presentation outlined the steps of benchmarking and energy data collection from the programming phase through design and construction process, highlighting the public school building operations process. Ms. McDonald shared the benchmarking tools and resources offered by the U.S. Department of Energy as well as a snapshot of current K-12 school partners committed to a 20% energy reduction over 10 years as part of the Better Buildings Challenge.

The panelists identified low and no-cost solutions to optimize energy performance of mechanical systems, highlighted professional development and training strategies for facility managers to improve overall building performance during the life of the building, and communicated design and operational “lessons learned” and success stories, including best practices as demonstrated by the BBC K-12 school partners.

Please click here to view the presentation slides from the conference. More information on the Better Buildings Challenge is available on the Better Buildings Solutions Center and the BBC K-12 Schools Sector page.