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by onlinethymes

Going Green with Tracy

Thu, Jul 17th 2008 10:10 am

With the growing concern for the environment and global climate change, CIR has been trying to do our part as a company and make changes to reduce our environmental impact.

Of course we offer our customers the most up-to-date and efficient lighting, controls and systems technologies to help them reduce their energy consumption and related costs, which is where we can make the greatest positive impact on the environment. But CIR is also taking steps to reduce our own environmental impact.

When we moved into our current building in January of 2006, we installed occupancy sensors in the restrooms and kitchen, where occupancy is generally low, to reduce unnecessary lighting loads. In November of 2006, we replaced the HVAC system in our office with a new Energy Star model, complete with a programmable thermostat to reduce heating and cooling loads during off-hours. Since then, we've seen a 27 percent reduction in our gas bill and a 6 percent reduction in our electric bill. In other words, we've reduced our energy costs for the office by one third! Once we realize our future goals of a complete lighting system upgrade and window replacements, we're likely to have decreased our office energy costs by 50 percent compared to when we first moved in. That's quite a savings!

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Tracy Will has been with CIR since April of 2001 and presently holds the title of Sustainability Coordinator. She is currently pursuing a Dual Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning Degree from the University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning while working for CIR parttime.

Tracy worked as a research assistant from May through December of 2007, investigating issues of sustainability in architecture, with energy issues at the top of the list. She plans to specialize in sustainable design of the built environment and will complete the Sustainable Urban and Natural Environments Graduate Research Group at UB. Tracy is utilizing her knowledge to help CIR become a more sustainable electrical contractor while gaining perspective on the practical application of sustainable building practices in the construction industry. .

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