West Palm Beach has become the first city in the state of Florida to accept the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Better Buildings Challenge,” the goal of which is to create 20 percent more energy-efficient businesses by the year 2020.
As part of the initiative, the South Florida Science Museum has commenced a $3 million expansion and remodeling project using energy-saving construction materials. A 7000 square-foot wing featuring a new aquarium and other exhibits will be added to the museum’s existing 20,000 square foot building. Inside and out, the museum will incorporate several energy-saving modifications including:
- A bipolar ionization system to lower the amount of humidity needed to cool the air inside the museum;
- LED lighting both inside and outside the premise;
- Automated dimming in areas not occupied; and
- A fleece-back, reflective white roofing system to insulate the museum from heat.
The long-term benefits of the project – which is slated for completion by this coming spring – include lower operating costs and greater access to state and federal grants.
Also participating in the Better Buildings Challenge program is the Schumacher Automotive Group of Lake Park, which has been striving to significantly lower its electric bills over the last few years. To accomplish this goal, the company has installed a 144-panel solar energy system atop its service department building, as well as motion sensors and ceiling fans on timers inside its showroom and offices.
To learn more about the DOE’s “Better Buildings Challenge” and how your business can benefit from the program, click here.
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