By Debra Gaskill Special Correspondent
March 5, 2014
BEAVERCREEK—Energy efficient construction techniques put more than half a million dollars in the bank for city school officials Wednesday.
Dayton Power & Light awarded Beavercreek City School $492,051 in energy efficiency rebates at Trebein Elementary School, the largest single DP&L rebate to date.
The district also received $86,768 in rebates for energy efficiency improvements carried out to its eight existing buildings as part of the 2008 bond issue.
These rebates, when combined with the Coy/Trebein award, represent $578,819.90.
“Efficient operation of these schools over time was a priority for us and for Beavercreek School District residents, who were involved in the design and planning of these buildings,” said Bill McGlothlin, Ed.D., Beavercreek Schools’ superintendent. “We are pleased to have our planning and foresight rewarded.”
The grant will be used to pay for permanent improvements and maintenance, McGlothlin said.
“(The money) was generated here and it will stay here,” he said.
Beavercreek Board of Education president Al Nels said, “These savings will continue for decades to come” as the district utilized energy-efficient construction methods and materials were used to help ensure that the new schools would operate efficiently in the future.
“We’re really proud of the opportunity we had here,” said lead architect Jeff Parker, of Steed Hammond and Paul.
Measures included a geothermal heating and cooling system, insulated concrete form (ICF) walls, which have a high thermal resistance value and daylight harvesting, sloped ceilings and solar tubes.
The building also has triple-glazed glass windows and occupancy sensors which turn lights on or off, depending on whether people are in the room.
An independent energy audit of the Coy/Trebein site revealed that the district would realize a savings of more than 2.2 million kilowatts, or $150,000.00, in electric savings annually when compared to typical school buildings.
“DP&L is proud to present Beavercreek Schools with the largest energy efficiency rebate in DP&L history,” said the utility’s president, Derek A. Porter. ”The district’s willingness to use advanced energy efficiency systems will save energy and keep costs down for Beavercreek residents.”