Energy and Environment Cabinet
Fort Knox Emory Hall recognized by governor for Energy Star building

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 02, 2009  
Contact Information:  Lee Colten 502-564-6743, ext. 355  

FRANKFORT, KY – (March 2, 2009) – State officials today recognized the Fort Knox Emory Hall, Building 1110 office building for earning the prestigious ENERGY STAR, a national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance.  A certificate, signed by Gov. Steve Beshear, was presented to Garrison Commander Colonel Rick Schwartz.

The Fort Knox building was built in 1933 with upgrades to mechanical systems in 2007.  Features of the building that have contributed to energy savings include:  geothermal heating, cooling, and hot water systems, a building automation system, and window repairs for better sealing.

With the addition of this building, Kentucky now has 45 buildings that have received the ENERGY STAR, with only 12 similar office buildings represented in the state. ENERGY STAR facilities typically use about 35 percent less energy than average buildings, while still providing high-quality service and comfort to their occupants and visitors, according to the ENERGY STAR program.

At today’s ceremony, Len Peters, Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, presented the certificates to Colonel Rick Swartz.  “What’s great about ENERGY STAR is that in this period of increased energy costs, it provides a means to reduce operating expenses.” said Secretary Peters. “Energy efficiency is helping our armed forces to better manage resources while improving the indoor environment for staff.”

"Together with Harshaw Trane and Nolin RECC we have developed a long-term strategy for base-wide energy efficiency," said Pat Appelman, Chief, Engineering & Services Division, Fort Knox. "Not only are we being environmentally responsible, the program also saves millions of taxpayer dollars.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a building must receive at least 75 out of 100 points in the EPA’s national energy-performance rating system, which places these facilities among the top 25 percent of all comparable buildings. Buildings are rated based on how they compare to similar buildings across the country.  The Fort Knox Emory Hall earned a score of 85.  The rating system is also available for schools, dormitories, hotels, hospitals and grocery stores, among other commercial buildings.

A building must operate for at least one year and submit a year’s worth of energy-use data to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be considered for the ENERGY STAR.  For more information on ENERGY STAR programs, see