Warwick Town Energy Report for 2009

Warwick Buildings & Energy Committee
Annual Report for FY ‘09
The purpose of the Warwick Buildings and Energy Committee is to assess town buildings and maintenance needs, research options for the select board and Warwick citizens to encourage efficient energy consumption and optimal maintenance of town properties, and encourage Warwick townspeople’s own efforts in renewable energy production and carbon footprint reduction.
The committee was established by the Selectboard on December 4, 2006, as an ad hoc Town Buildings Committee. In May of ’07 it began to meet as the Buildings and Energy Committee. The Selectboard voted on June 30, 2008, to make it an official town committee with six members appointed for staggered three-year terms. Currently, the committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Members, as of the end of FY ’09 are:
Janice Kurkoski ‘11 – chair
Steve Kurkoski ‘11– scribe
Jim Toth ‘10
Jack Cadwell’12
Dan Dibble’10
Les Goodman’12
Our accomplishments in the past year resulted in many repairs to the town hall, as well as acting in an advisory capacity to other departments.
In December we accompanied the long awaited Siemens Building Technologies team on a free walk-through audit of all town buildings. This was part of FRCOG’s performance contract (or ESCO – Energy Service Company) proposal. After reviewing the audit results, this committee recommended that the selectboard pursue a performance grade audit on only the Community School, as we felt that the proposed upgrades to the other town buildings were inappropriate at this time. Our strategy was – and continues to be – to make much needed, low cost improvements to our building shells first, then consider future new heating equipment based on lower heating loads.
In June we received our free energy audit through the DOER (Dept. of Energy Resources). Bowman Engineering conducted the audit, and sent an engineer at a later date to follow up on details in the town hall – the only building that met the criteria for a more thorough audit. Besides the possibility of using new high efficiency bio-mass heating equipment for future heating needs in all of the town buildings, the auditor recommended insulating the walls of the town hall, and suspected that much heat is being lost through the elevator shaft.
In late June/early July we solicited bids to air seal and insulate the town hall.
Highlights:
Town Hall: oil use is down 40%, electricity use is down 13%
Highway Dept.: truck garage oil use down 49%, equip garage oil use down 29% – the highway department asked our committee for advice, then followed through with their own efforts to add insulation to both attics, as well as caulk and seal the many holes and cracks. New doors and a window helped as well. Their electricity use is down 56%.
Community School: electricity use is down 36% from a high two years ago
Still needs help:
Warwick Community School (esp. with oil use), Fire station, and Police station
The following charts track our progress in energy consumed. Note the effectiveness of the improvements that were done on the town hall and highway dept buildings. (degree days are not considered in these charts)
Gallons of heating oil used
Electricity used

Other Committee Projects:
The Committee held two volunteer work days on July 26 and Oct 18.
Here are some of the things that were accomplished (thanks to the many folks who came to help besides those on the committee):
• Made & hung beautiful (recycled!) insulated drapes in the main hall
• Prepped and painted the electric heater in the restroom next to the kitchen
• Air sealed the chimney chase that runs through the kitchen
• Built new insulated interior bulkhead entry doors and air sealed same
• Dug out the foundation under the fire escape to clear rain drain
• Insulated the attic access trap door
• Installed base board backstage
• Remove parts of unused heating systems in cellar
• Replaced chimney cleanout door (done by contract labor)
• Insulate rim joists in cellar
• Air sealed outlets and switches along outside walls in dining room
• Moved town clerks’ thermostat to upstairs hall
• Installed programmable thermostat in dining room
• Sealed some of the ductwork in the basement
• Made and installed interior storms windows (winserts) for dining rm and kitchen
• Installed foam panels to seal the bathroom windows and 1 cellar window
• A mystery volunteer made and installed 2 cellar windows in the boiler room
• Jack operated on an office window to explore how to best repair & insulate these
• Blocked off the airway above the pipes in the bottom of the southwest chimney
• Major Town Hall repairs still needed:
Chimneys and foundation – repair, re-point, re-flash, install chimney caps, seal and vent the one unused chimney $3,000
Roof – the tin on the roof was in bad shape, and there was some water leaking into the building, but there is no major structural damage reported at this time (the shingles are 24 years old). Interim repairs were made by removing the tin work and placing ice and water shield as a temporary roof cap as well as by applying roofing cement to all chimney flashings.
Strip roof, apply water and ice shield, install 50 year shingles
or install 25 year shingles over existing roofing ($23,000)
$37,000
Insulation–auditorium and office walls and additional in the attic (done in FY10)
New heavy duty Storm Windows (half are in progress in FY10 – approx $5K) $4,670
Re-glaze and paint interior windows $5,500
Repair/replace bathroom windows ?
TOTAL cost estimate $50,170

Ongoing Activities:
• Susan Wright stepped forward as liaison to the Community School. She conducted a survey, engaging both the students and the staff, on current and historical comfort levels in various parts of the building. The school continues to be the ‘elephant in the room’ in terms of energy consumption, repair and maintenance strategy. (Barbara Walker has been named new liaison as of 6/30/09 – thank you Susan and welcome aboard Barbara)
• Continue to obtain and inventory past oil use and electric data using the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track energy use.
• Discussed the appropriate use of Warwick’s “Clean Energy Choice” funds. This fund grew quickly to over $5,000 because 6.48% of the households in town participate, and the matching grants from the Renewable Energy Trust (now discontinued) helped as well. We have concluded that a solar electric system on a town building, though small, would be a good use of this money.
• Warwick still rocks!

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