Keller Boasts its First ENERGY STAR® Rated Commercial Building, With Thanks to Hotel Rescue®

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Keller, Texas can now boast its first ENERGY STAR® rated commercial building. . Dr. Diana Driscoll, CEO of Hotel Rescue® a LEED AP B, D + C (an accredited professional in “green” building design and construction) knew that the building was well constructed, but wanted to work with ENERGY STAR®’s proven program to assist in achieving superior energy performance.

Keller, Texas can now boast its first ENERGY STAR® rated commercial building. Keller Parkway Properties, located at 1834 Keller Parkway in Keller, Texas, is a medical office building whose tenants include Total Eye Care and Performance Chiropractic. The building was constructed in 1994 by developer / owners Drs. Rich and Diana Driscoll and is currently managed by same. Dr. Diana Driscoll, CEO of Hotel Rescue® a LEED AP B, D + C (an accredited professional in “green” building design and construction) knew that the building was well constructed, but wanted to work with ENERGY STAR®’s proven program to assist in achieving superior energy performance.

The first step involved taking care of the obvious drains on energy. “In Texas, daylighting can be both our friend and enemy,” stated Dr. Diana Driscoll. “We decided to add solar screens to the windows on the west side of the building, where heat was obviously transferred indoors on hot summer afternoons. The next step was again an easy and inexpensive one, with the addition of more insulation on one side of the building.” As CEO of Ridgeline Hospitality, LLC and Hotel Rescue® (formed to help hotels ”Go Green Gradually®”, Dr. Driscoll was aware of much of the “low hanging fruit” to decrease the energy costs of commercial buildings.

Eric Brooks, AIA, LEED AP and Associate Director of CMA Architecture, worked with Dr. Driscoll in achieving the ENERGY STAR® rating for the Keller property. “ENERGY STAR® is a great program that focuses on efficient energy performance and is a good way to save energy and protect the environment. CMA is always proud to be part of any project that involves ENERGY STAR®,” stated Eric Brooks.

As Dr. Driscoll added, “We knew when the building was constructed how to make many of the “greener” choices. For example, we utilized compact fluorescent lamps and LED lamps wherever feasible. You will find window film on windows of three sides of the building. We chose drip irrigation over spray irrigation, knowing it was approximately 65% more efficient.” When Dr. Driscoll felt confident with the efficiency of the building, she utilized the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool to establish the building’s baseline reading – 83. Although this reading is high enough for the coveted ENERGY STAR® label, Dr. Driscoll will continue to improve the building’s energy efficiency. “We don’t want to rest on our baseline reading – we plan to continue our efforts to improve the greening of our building, and to develop programs to make certain that the efficiencies are properly maintained.” Dr. Driscoll went on to explain that motion sensors needed to be added to the electric switches and an HVAC filter replacement schedule was imminent.

Hotel Rescue® has applied as a partner with EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Program to continue its mission to help others to “Go Green Gradually®”. As Dr. Driscoll says, “Philanthropy has always been a large part of Ridgeline Hospitality’s core, and through the ENERGY STAR® partnership, we have yet another way to spread the “green” word. We consider it our responsibility.”

Dr. Diana Driscoll, LEED AP B, D + C (“green” specialist in Building, Design and Construction) works with hotel developers on both their social media presence and their LEED, Energy Star, and other sustainability efforts. As CEO of Ridgeline Hospitality, LLC, and the founder of HotelRescue®, she heads up a team of experts to offer immediate assistance to hoteliers in this tough economic climate. Her message? “Go Green Gradually®!”

Philanthropy plays a large role in her work, as does public speaking and writing.

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