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Case Study – Des Moines Public Schools Benchmarking & ENERGY STAR® Certification

Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) is a school district in central Iowa consisting of 33,000 students and 71 facilities throughout the city of Des Moines. The DMPS operations department oversees the management and function of all facilities in the district and is charged with ensuring the safe and efficient operation of each building. With such a large portfolio of buildings, each with different layouts, systems, and needs, constant maintenance is needed to keep safe and effective learning environments for students. DMPS leadership has always valued the concept of efficiency in order to free up general fund dollars which are used to pay […]

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Vine Street Lofts: A Case Study in Multifamily LED Lighting

Brief: With the help of The Energy Group and a local lighting contractor, Vine Street Lofts converted their entire facility to LED lighting, saving over $10,000 annually and improving their building’s lighting quality. The management team of Vine Street Lofts, a large apartment building in Des Moines, recently came to The Energy Group for assistance with replacing the building’s lights. With a decorative exterior and remodeled interiors, the building exudes the look of a modern place of living. However, as a tax credit property (HUD Section 42 tax credits are used to fund construction and rental of apartments to low-income […]

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