Norfolk Southern's Roanoke office building earns ENERGY STAR certification
ROANOKE, Va., May 8, 2013
ROANOKE, Va., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern's (NYSE:
NSC)office building at 110 Franklin Road SE in Roanoke has earned the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification, which
signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar
facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency
performance levels set by the EPA.
"Norfolk Southern is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR certification in
recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said Andy Paul, manager energy
services. "This demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship while
also lowering our energy costs. ENERGY STAR is a great tool to compare our
building performance with our peers. This inspired us to do what we can to
achieve the triple bottom line -- planet, people, and profit. We are proud of
this accomplishment and excited about similar work across our network."
Commercial buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification use an average
of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less
carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Norfolk Southern improved its energy
performance by managing energy strategically across its entire 22-state system
and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is critical to
protecting our environment," said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR
Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the boiler room to the board room,
Norfolk Southern is leading the way by making their buildings more efficient
and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR certification."
To earn ENERGY STAR, Norfolk Southern:
oUsed real-time metering to monitor electricity usage. Monitoring at
15-minute intervals allowed the company to chase after the last watt of
oReanalyzed the building automation system to verify set points and
startup/shutdown times so the building wasn't running when no one needed
oInstalled a new independent HVAC system for off-hour building use.
oUpgraded exterior lights to LEDs.
oReplaced stairwell lights with on-demand LEDs.
With these energy reduction techniques Norfolk Southern is able to save more
than $60,000 a year at the Franklin Building alone.
EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps Norfolk Southern assess how
efficiently its buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide.
A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale might be eligible
for ENERGY STAR certification. Energy Star is a pre-requisite for a building
to become LEED certified under the United States Green Building Councils
(USGBC) existing building program.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based
partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of
products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and
industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the
EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved
more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion
metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
Go here for more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial
Go here for information about Norfolk Southern's sustainability initiatives.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary
operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of
Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and
provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern
operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major
transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.
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