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Hawtin Jorgenson Architects (Jackson, Wyo.) recognized for green building excellence

Release Date: 05/15/2008
Contact Information: Richard Mylott, 303-312-6654; Patty Crow, 303-312-6464

Design for Davey Jackson Elementary School among 46 award-winning projects nationwide

(Denver, Colo. - May 15, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Hawtin Jorgenson Architects for the design of the Davey Jackson Elementary School in Jackson, Wyo. The project is among 46 nationwide to achieve Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR, the government’s mark of superior energy efficiency in building design. The awards were announced today at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Boston.

“Firms like Hawtin Jorgenson are setting a new standard in designing for energy and environmental performance,” said Patty Crow, EPA's Energy Star program manager in Denver. "Their leadership and expertise is defining the next generation of green building in the West."

The Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR designation recognizes commercial building projects that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment through energy-efficient design. Nationally, this year’s 46 new projects are estimated to save 120 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and $5 million in energy costs annually across eight million square feet.

Summary information on the Davey Jackson Elementary School includes:

ProjectLocationCO2 reductions v. average buildingApprox. annual cost savingsArchitects/Contact
Davey Jackson Elementary SchoolJackson, Wyo.134 tons per year, 34% reduction$17,000Hawtin Jorgensen Architects, PC
Anne Jorgensen, 307-733-4364

In addition to the project in Wyoming, Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR projects are also planned in 18 other states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Since 2004, 94 building design projects representing a total of more than 13 million square feet of space have achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR. Collectively, these projects were designed to prevent 178 million lbs/year of CO2 emissions, a 42 percent reduction over comparable existing buildings. The buildings have estimated energy cost savings of $6 million per year.

“ENERGY STAR is an important partner with the AIA in making buildings more energy efficient and reducing carbon emissions from the built environment,” said Paul Mendelsohn, AIA Vice President, Government and Community Relations. “The Energy Star Challenge for Architects is a great tool to help architects design energy-efficient buildings, meet the Institute's target for carbon neutral buildings by 2030, and improve their communities.”

Energy use in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants accounts for nearly half of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption nationwide. ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $16 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles.

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