Smart Buildings, Smart Communities Grant Update
Another City partnership you may have heard of is FortZED, Fort Collins’ Zero Energy District. Job creation is one of the cornerstones of FortZED. Employing local people in the construction and maintenance of local renewable energy projects will make the zero energy district a reality.
One of the active FortZED projects is the Smart Buildings initiative. Our region received a New Energy Communities Grant, through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, to fund energy efficiency improvements on public buildings. There are eleven projects underway in Fort Collins, Loveland and Larimer County. Three of the projects are in the FortZED boundaries. Most projects will be complete by the end of 2010.
These projects were designed to reduce the energy consumed in existing public buildings, thus saving us all money. Fort Collins Utilities is working with the Grant partners at multiple sites to upgrade, replace and install technology and equipment that will make these buildings more energy efficient. Improvements have been made at City Hall, the Larimer County Courthouse and Office Building and the Main Branch of the Poudre River Public Library District.
Many of the NEC Grant projects use local talent and companies. For example:
- Fort Collins Housing Authority Stanford Apartments had a photovoltaic system installed by Fort Collins’ Hydro Electric.
- Hydro Electric is also installing a photovoltaic system on the Northside Atzlan Center, and at the Solid Waste Administration Building on South Taft Hill Rd.
- Larimer County used Heath Construction, a local company, to remove and replace the inefficient roof top heating and cooling units on the Justice Center on Laporte Avenue.
- Larimer County used Kenny and Associates, a local architectural firm, to analyze the energy use of two County office buildings on Blue Spruce in Fort Collins.
- Local insulation companies are now bidding on repairs to City Hall and 215 N. Mason.
- The Library lighting upgrade retrofit was done by HMS Contracting of Fort Collins.
Learn more about the Smart Buildings project and other FortZED projects at www.fortzed.com.