Review shows energy savings at Edwards field house
EDWARDS, Colorado – Last month, Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District engaged its Edwards field house’s general contractor, R.A. Nelson & Associates Inc., and energy consultant Active Energies, Inc. to review its gas and electric bills from 2011 to confirm the district’s belief that its energy costs were much lower than a typical facility. The findings show that the field house is spending 64 percent less on energy usage per square foot than an average commercial building in the United States. The community facility has been in operation since November of 2009. The project was the first commercial building completed under Eagle County’s ECOBuild sustainable guidelines and even earned enough ECOBuild points to provide a $2,500 building permit refund to the recreation district. The key energy-efficient aspects that led to the savings for the field house include: a 20-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array to offset electricity costs, a solar wall that preheats air before it enters the building, four 40-foot diameter ceiling fans to aid in air movement and cooling, exercise bikes that convert energy from a human workout directly back into the electrical grid, three large semi-transparent Kal-Wall window systems that allow daylight into the building while maximizing energy efficiency, radiant tube heating system, polished concrete floors that require less energy to maintain, high performance fluorescent lights, R50 roof insulation, and automated water fixtures. Additionally, 18,000 recycled car tires were used to infill the turf field and locally milled beetle kill lumber was used as wood trim throughout the facility. “We went into this project with the intent of building the most efficient facility we could with the money we had – and we found a building team that believed in the mission as well,” said Steve Russell, director of WECMRD. “We were all part of the process and BRS Architects, R.A. Nelson and Active Energies supplied numerous suggestions to help us reach our goal. Now, after two years in use, we’ve more than reached that goal. In fact, we estimate that last year alone, we saved nearly $25,000 in operating costs, simply because of the energy-efficient decisions we made in the first place.” The 57,851-square-foot facility houses a turf field used for soccer and lacrosse, basketball and volleyball courts, a gymnastics arena, a 28-foot climbing wall and a 30-foot-wide boulder wall, a community event room and an Eagle County Sheriff substation. For more information on R.A. Nelson LLC and its commitment to sustainable building practices, visit http://www.ranelson.com or contact John Halloran at 970-471-6408 or email@example.com.For more information on WECMRD’s Field House, visit http://www.wecmrd.org or contact Steve Russell at 970-777-8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.