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Stimulus Funding Provides Energy Efficiency Opportunities
April 10, 2009

As school boards and superintendents develop programs to utilize recent U.S. economic recovery stimulus funds, projects focused on improving energy efficiency can result in long-term savings for school districts. Guidance from The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) can help schools earn an A+ in achieving that efficiency.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) signed by President Obama on February 17th, 2009, provides significant funding and financing opportunities to modernize, renovate and repair public schools. Under the “State Fiscal Stabilization Fund” up to $48.3 billion can be allocated to schools. An additional $25 billion in eligible bonds also have been authorized.

ASHRAE and other leading building industry organizations have developed the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings. The guide provides recommendations for achieving 30 percent energy savings over the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999. Estimates show that a full 16 percent of schools districts’ controllable costs is spent on energy.

Copies of the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings are available for free download or print copies may be ordered from the ASHRAE Bookstore.

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