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September 12, 2016, by Jim Messner

What exactly is Energy Star?

Energy Star.  That little blue logo you may recall seeing on your dishwasher, refrigerator, or water heater.  What is it and why does it appear everywhere? Energy Star is a certification system that was originally born from collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DoE).  Energy Star was launched in 1992 […]

March 19, 2015, by Jim Messner

Achieving Energy Efficiency at the Fitton Center

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, through its theater, galleries, community space, and art classes for both kids and adults, is a centerpiece of the Hamilton, Ohio community. Recently, the Fitton Center underwent a significant expansion of its black box theater.  In addition, approximately 20% of the project’s $3 million budget was dedicated to improving […]

October 7, 2014, by Jim Messner

Innovative, Energy Efficient Systems Are A Smart Investment

How does a new school campus earn the largest energy rebate in the history of a major public utility? By adopting an integrated design approach along with an up-front commitment to invest in advanced energy-efficient systems that would pay off in the long term. When SHP was charged with designing a combined Coy Middle School/Trebein […]