Improvements at the Town Hall, Four Corners, and the Middle School
Greenfield has been awarded a $224,610 DOER Green Communities Competitive Grant to improve energy performance at the Town Hall, Four Corners and the Middle School. “I am very grateful to DOER and the Baker-Polito Administration for this grant, which enables Greenfield to continue to reduce energy that will provide enduring savings,” commented Greenfield Mayor William Martin. “These upgrades are expected to save the Town over $16,000 in annual energy costs and builds upon a growing list of accomplishments that have resulted in an over 22% energy reduction across the municipality since 2008.”
Greenfield’s grant is part of a total of $14 million awarded to 72 Green Communities across the Commonwealth to fund clean energy projects. “Greenfield has been dedicated to continuous improvements that make our municipality more comfortable, operate better and also bring lasting financial savings,” added Mayor Martin. “DOER’s acknowledgement of Greenfield’s commitment to sustainability and these funds are critical to achieving our goals of a clean energy future.”
The Town will increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and increase thermal comfort in the Town Hall by replacing the current inefficient heating system with a highly efficient air source heat pump system. In addition to grant funds and utility incentives, the total project cost is reduced by reusing the air source heat pump equipment from the Davis Street School Administration building.
Carole Collins, Greenfield’s Energy and Sustainability Director stated, “When the heating system failed in the Davis Street building a year before it was to be decommissioned, the Energy Department saw an opportunity to install air source heat pump technology since it could be reused once the building was gone. This allowed time for the Energy Department to fully evaluate each municipal building and determined the Town Hall was the most suitable candidate.”
The grant award will also fund the replacement of a total of five heating and ventilation rooftop units at Four Corners and the Middle School with high efficiency units. The existing units have reached the end of their useful life and the new rooftop units will reduce energy consumption as well as provide improved air quality for students, faculty and staff. This project was identified as a priority by the Central Maintenance and School Departments as part of the Energy Department’s larger vision to evaluate each municipal building for energy and operational improvements that will increase efficiency and reduce costs for the Town.