CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The new high school in Center Point is a new example of how energy-efficient planning can really save money. The building was recently finished with help from Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, and incorporates some of the latest technology to reduce energy usage.
The new high school features chilled beam technology, which allows water flowing through pipes to regulate air temperate and air circulation in rooms and the entire building. This technology eliminates many energy-using fans and other equipment. It is also very quiet, which limits distractions and decreases ambient noise. This is just one of many techniques in use at the building.
A typical building of this size, without the energy-efficient technology would spend about $132,000 a year in energy costs. This technology will lower the schools average annual bill down to $64,700.
“Not only are we saving money, but the building techniques make this a better place to learn. All of the classrooms now have windows with a lot of natural light,” said Superintendent Alan Marshall, Center Point School District. “By working with Alliant Energy, we were able to use their experts to make this place amazing. We couldn’t have done this alone.”
In addition to the energy savings, this project qualified for an incentive of $157,298 through Alliant Energy’s Commercial New Construction Program.
“The Commercial New construction program gets customers to think about energy efficiency from the very beginning of the project,” said Mary Meisterling, Alliant Energy key account manager. “By starting from scratch, designers can use the planning to their advantage, like even using sunshine to help make the building brighter and the environment inside the building more enjoyable.”
Alliant Energy offers the Commercial New Construction program to assist owners and design teams in evaluating potential energy conservation strategies for new and renovated building projects. The customer, project design team and utility personnel work together from the start of the conceptual design. They use building performance simulation modeling to identify and implement cost-effective energy efficiency approaches that improve the overall energy efficiency of a building. To qualify, the enhancements must create energy savings at least 15 percent greater than projected energy use though building standards required through the Iowa building code.