York County Public Safety Building Earns EPA Certification

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The York County Public Safety Building has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification. (Courtesy of York County)
The York County Public Safety Building has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification. (Courtesy of York County)

York County’s Public Safety Building has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification.

The certification shows the building, at 301 Goodwin Neck Road, performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

York County utilizes a geothermal HVAC system, a strict preventative maintenance schedule and energy efficient interior lighting.

“The Public Safety Building is the third of our facilities to receive this certification. We are dedicated to improving the efficiency of our facilities and limiting our impact on the environment,” Mark Bellamy, director of the county’s department of public works, said in a news release.

According to the EPA, the Energy Star performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on the EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for certification.

Commercial buildings, including offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship and warehouses, can earn Energy Star certification.

The Energy Star program was introduced by the 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 65 different types of products, 1.4 million new homes and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants.

Families and businesses in the U.S. have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR in the past 20 years, according to the EPA.