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Results Are In: Greensburg Buildings Save Big on Energy and Costs

February 24, 2012

The citizens of Greensburg, Kansas, turned disaster into opportunity following a devastating tornado in May 2007, and created a plan to rebuild as a sustainable community with the help of a diverse group of experts, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Today, the results are in, and 13 buildings in Greensburg, Kansas, are saving a combined total of $200,000 in energy costs annually, showcasing energy-saving best practices that can be replicated not only in other communities recovering from disaster, but any location focused on sustainability.

The latest Greensburg publication notes that each of the buildings in Greensburg are unique in their energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and also highlights key features of the 13 buildings based on available data provided by building owners that participated in the community-wide effort to establish energy-saving goals for building performance.

Read the brochure Rebuilding it Better: Greenburg, Kansas — High Performance Buildings Meeting Energy Savings Goals for more information on the energy savings of each of the buildings as well as the lessons learned.

Learn more about NREL’s/DOE’s work in Greensburg.

—Devin Egan