Upgrades at Ridgewood High School Cut Energy Costs by 18 Percent and Significantly Lower Noise Level

Norridge, Ill., Nov. 18, 2013 – Ridgewood High School administrators expect recently completed lighting and infrastructure upgrades to reduce energy costs by 18 percent while significantly reducing noise levels from Chicago O’Hare International Airport which is located approximately 6 miles from the school.

The infrastructure upgrades implemented by Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, were selected both for their energy saving and noise abatement capabilities.

District leaders funded the improvements with a noise abatement grant from the Federal Department of Aviation and Chicago Department of Aviation. The energy saving infrastructure upgrades and lighting improvements also reflect the district’s commitment to sustainability.

The school is on track to receive silver-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and has adopted the Illinois Sustainable Schools compact which features best practices that K-12 schools can voluntarily pursue to help lead the way to a greener, cleaner future.

In recognition of the district’s commitment to energy, operational efficiency and sustainability, Trane is presenting the district with the ―Energy Efficiency Leader Award.

Details of the Award and Speaking Presentations:

 Ridgewood High School will be recognized at an award presentation on Nov. 18 starting at 7:00 p.m. at Ridgewood High School, 7500 West Montrose Avenue in Norridge, IL 60706

 Chris Comperchio, district general manager for Trane, will present the award to Robert Lupo, superintendent, and Michael Glaub, president of the Ridgewood Community High School District Board of Education

"We’re pleased that the upgrades improve the academic environment for students, teachers and staff while reflecting the school’s commitment to sustainability," said Robert Lupo, superintendent for Ridgewood Community High School District 234. "It’s even better that the improvements positively affect the school’s bottom line – leaving more money to focus on the school’s most important mission, educating our students."

The upgrades, which were completed in August, represent a major step in transforming the district’s facility into a high performance building which ties to its educational mission. High performance buildings take a whole-building approach to performance while creating spaces that are reliable, safe, healthy, comfortable and efficient.

High performance buildings meet specific standards for energy and water consumption, system reliability and uptime, environmental compliance and occupant comfort. All standards are set to deliver established outcomes that help building owners and occupants achieve their educational missions.

Prior to completing upgrades, DLA Architects, Ltd. completed building assessments to determine which energy conservation and noise abatement solutions would best meet the school’s needs. DLA Architects and Consolidated Consulting Engineers used energy modeling software to identify 500

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