NEW HAVEN BUSINESS EARNS THE ENERGY STAR FOR SUPERIOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
(10/27/2009) NEW HAVEN- Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. will participate a ceremony on Tuesday that will celebrate the Energy Star designation that the United Sates Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)will award to the Long Wharf Maritime Center. A New Haven business, Building I of The Long Wharf Maritime Center, at 555 Long Wharf, has earned the EPA’s prestigious ENERGY STAR rating, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. Building I is owned, built and managed by Fusco. Commercial buildings and industrial plants that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency may qualify for the ENERGY STAR. Building I achieved a rating that put them in the top 15 percentile for commercial buildings nationwide.
“We encourage businesses in our City to follow the example Fusco has set here and strive for increased energy efficiency and green building,” said DeStefano. “If we all do our part we can make New Haven a greener and cleaner place to live, work and play.”
A representative from the US EPA will present the award at a ceremony at The Long Wharf Maritime Center on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 1:00 PM led by DeStefano, and Fusco Representatives.
The US EPA ENERGY STAR Building benchmarking process has been established to encourage higher efficiency within the building sector, which accounts for nearly 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions in America. According to the Department of Energy, every energy sector of our economy has declined in its energy use intensity over the past decade except for the commercial building sector, which has grown by more than 10%.
The Long Wharf Maritime Center, Building I, is a 15-story building with over 415,000 square feet of commercial office space. When it was designed and built in 1984, particular attention was paid to incorporating cutting-edge efficient technology. This forward-thinking included, high-efficiency solar control glazing systems, variable air volume distribution systems and an evaporative water economizer cooling system to reduce the need for electrically driven mechanical refrigeration, and, independent fin-tube radiation and floor-by-floor cooling and ventilation air handling units with variable frequency drive fan motors, two per floor, that enables the building operator, via a building direct digital control energy management system, to minimize cooling and ventilation operation to occupied hours and provide setback space temperature heating during unoccupied hours.
Recent renovations to the building include a lighting system retrofit, upgrades to our automated energy management system, and installation of variable frequency controlled fan motors. These energy-efficient initiatives contributed to our pursuing of certification of the building under the US Green Building Council LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM). This process will create the opportunity to introduce new conservation measures and efficiency improvements along with best-practice operations practices to further reduce the carbon footprint of this property. Other initiatives we are exploring include wind power, solar, and rain harvesting.
“We at Fusco are thrilled to be recognized as a leader in superior energy. We accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of this great feat”, said Lynn Fusco, President. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship. And our commitment does not stop here, ENERGY STAR is a giant step toward Fusco’s ultimate goal, LEED certification for existing commercial buildings which we hope to achieve in 2010.”