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- April 25, 2016
- by Barry Abramson
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ATLANTA, GA– Servidyne, an energy and sustainability consulting firm, provided pro bono services to help Drew Charter School in Atlanta achieve 2016 ENERGY STAR Certification. The ENERGY STAR was awarded to Drew Charter School Junior/Senior Academy, serving more than 700 students in the East Lake community.
Servidyne provided engineering services to verify energy performance and review the facility’s indoor air quality. During the verification site visit, Meghan McNulty, Servidyne’s engineer, discovered an unusual control issue with the ventilation system that, when adjusted, greatly enhanced the indoor air quality in the building.
Ms. McNulty stated, ͞The school had been built to LEEDTMstandards, but the onsite walkthrough – as is required for ENERGY STAR certification – identified an opportunity to take full advantage of the advanced ventilation system features that had been installed, to ensure a healthy indoor environment for school children and staff.͟
Servidyne is proud to assist local community organizations with ENERGY STAR verification services on a pro bono basis. ENERGY STAR published a case study on this experience to promote the newly formalized pro bono verification program, a joint initiative with Public Architecture’s 1+ Program and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
About Charles R. Drew Charter School
Charles R. Drew Charter School opened in 2000 as the City of Atlanta’s first public charter school. Drew’s innovative Project-Based Learning approach with an integration of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum and a strong foundation in literacy helps all students reach their highest potential. Serving more than 1,800 students in Pre-K through 12th grade, Drew represents the cradle-to-college pipeline in the East Lake community and is an integral part of a holistic neighborhood revitalization led by the East Lake Foundation.
Servidyne provides energy and sustainability consulting in the commercial and institutional building sector. The Servidyne team combines the real-world experience of seasoned professionals with the enthusiasm and fresh perspective of younger engineers, providing solutions for clients that are both practical and forward-thinking. Services include benchmarking and strategic planning, energy audits, retro-commissioning, demand response strategies, energy modeling, investment grade audits, sustainability assessments and LEED® consulting. The company has achieved 14 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Awards and is a LEED Proven ProviderTM.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.