Alpha Customer Earns ENERGY STAR® Certification

McLean County Unit District No. 5’s Kingsley Junior High School has earned “ENERGY STAR® Certification” title and was chosen for dis- play at the Illinois Association of School Board’s Exhibition of Educa- tional Environments. The school achieved tremendous results with the implementation of geothermal heating and cooling in the 1965 section and upgrading the controls in the 2002 section, using a new “hybrid” system.

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What is ENERGY STAR® Certification for Buildings?

ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy, money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. To be certified as ENERGY STAR, a building must meet strict energy performance standards set by EPA.

To be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification, a building must earn an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher on EPA’s 1 – 100 scale, indicating that it performs better than at least 75% of similar buildings nationwide. This 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score is based on the measured energy use of a building and is calculated within EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The score accounts for differences in operating conditions, re- gional weather data, and other important considerations.

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ENERGY STAR® Benchmarking

Alpha Controls & Services’ Energy Solutions team has helped benchmark numerous properties since it began in 2006. Leveraging this experience, we provide our customers a complimentary, “white glove” service to compare their energy use against industry standards in five easy steps:

  1. Gather 24-months of utility bills and answer a brief questionnaire about your building.
  2. Review fire escape and other floor plans to determine total square feet.
  3. Carefully analyze each utility bill to determine supply and delivery costs for both gas and electric utilities.
  4. Create a property in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and download Energy Star’s Progress and Goals Report.
  5. Format results into a final report for review and determination of next steps.

ENERGY STAR® Certification

Every year for the past three years, at least one Alpha customer has received ENERGY STAR certification for a building. After successful comple- tion of an Energy Solutions project with Alpha Controls, a customer’s building may qualify for certification. With the assistance of a third-party engi- neer or architect, Alpha can help the customer apply at no charge by Alpha or ENERGY STAR.
This certification is valuable to the customer in the following ways:


  1. Lower utility bills
  2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  3. “Future proofing” against potential performance mandates


  1. Higher building valuation
  2. Fewer vacancies and higher rents
  3. Required for federal tenants
  4. Improved loan terms and lower interest rates
  5. Attraction of Gen Z talent through helping environmental and social issues


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