The Estelle Siebens Science Center, now open for the 2004-2005 academic year at Buena Vista University, was built with energy efficiency in mind. The use of energy-efficient building materials and systems throughout the facility, translates into savings for the school and improved comfort for staff and students.
Utility Alliant Energy, in recognition of BVU's commitment to energy efficiency, will present, Randy Fehr, vice president of business services at BVU, with a rebate check for $20,467 today.
Energy-efficient products are incorporated in the science center's roofing materials, insulation, windows, and the heating, ventilating and air conditioning, and boiler systems.
"The university's decision to make energy efficiency a priority will result in lower energy bills and improved comfort for students and faculty," said Bowles. "The expected energy savings is approximately 30,711 therms each year - which is equal to 100,000 Btu's or 29.3 kilowatt hours of electrical energy."
"Incorporating energy-efficient products and technologies into our new facility made good business sense," explained Keith Schmidt, director of building and grounds at BVU. "The rebate, in combination with the benefits of long-term energy savings and improved comfort, was simply too valuable of an opportunity for us to ignore."
"It's our duty to provide our faculty and students with the best educational tools and learning environment," added Fehr.