The High Companies and Sustainability: High Earns another ENERGY STAR, Reduces Corporate Office Building’s Electricity Use by 51 Percent

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In line with its commitment to sustainability, the High® companies corporate office building once again earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR®. The facility has reduced electric power usage in the 80,000-square-foot building by 51 percent (compared to a similar baseline time period in 2009).

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The corporate office building of the High® companies, Greenfield Corporate Center, Lancaster, Pa.

In addition to a laser focus on sustainability at our own facilities, we also work with our customers to assist them in achieving their sustainability and energy-related objectives, and that’s a gratifying mission.

In line with its commitment to sustainability, the High® companies corporate office building once again earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR®. The facility has reduced electric power usage in the 80,000-square-foot building by 51 percent (compared to a similar baseline time period in 2009).

High’s own Energy Solutions Group, part of High Construction Company, conducted an analysis of the corporate offices’ control system and retro-commissioned its HVAC system as some of the tasks undertaken to reduce electric power consumption at the facility. The team of energy experts at Energy Solutions Group provides such services to reduce energy use and operating costs of new buildings as well as retrofitting analysis and services for existing buildings.

Numerous other High-owned hotels and office facilities have also been awarded the ENERGY STAR. Additionally, the Energy Solutions Group recently earned its status as an ENERGY STAR Service and Product Provider. These achievements reflect a business culture that emphasizes sustainability and is promoted and measured through High’s corporate-wide sustainability initiative.

Nevin Cooley, CEO of the High companies, said, "The 51 percent reduction in electric power usage at our corporate office building is a strong testament to our team’s tremendous expertise in reducing energy use and operating costs.”

“In addition to a laser focus on sustainability at our own facilities, we also work with our customers to assist them in achieving their sustainability and energy-related objectives, and that’s a gratifying mission," Cooley added.

About Sustainability at the High Companies

At the High companies, conducting business as responsible environmental stewards has been embedded in their practices through The High Philosophy for decades. In recent years, as the focus on sustainability has heightened and best practices factor into business decision making, the company has further formalized and systematized its approach in ways that dramatically cut costs. In addition to cutting costs, its reduction of energy usage reduces direct emissions and contributes to improving not only the organization’s sustainability, but the sustainability of its community as well.

To High, sustainability means taking a holistic approach to the social, environmental, and economic aspects of business and being responsible stewards of valuable resources. It also means helping customers accomplish their own similar goals. High’s commitment comes to life through a process of planning, defined actions, measuring progress, and continuous improvement.

About The High Companies

The High companies, based in Lancaster, Pa., include High Real Estate Group LLC and its affiliates High Associates Ltd., High Construction Company, Greenfield Architects Ltd., High Hotels Ltd., High Safety Consulting Services Ltd., High Investors Ltd.; and High Industries Inc. and its affiliates High Steel Structures Inc., High Concrete Group LLC, High Steel Service Center LLC, and High Transit LLC.

About Energy Star

Celebrating 20 years, ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

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