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Building Operator Certification Training Pays Off

Rusty McDermott, facilities director for the East Newton R-VI School District, earned his Building Operator Certification (BOC) in 2009.  The Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy (MDNR-DE) implemented the certification  in partnership with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, which covers a variety of building-management technologies, but the emphasis is to recognize practical, no-cost/low-cost solutions, working with existing building systems, to improve energy performance.

“The certification classes made me aware of things to look for to try and help us become more energy efficient,” McDermott said.

Since earning his certification, McDermott has overseen lighting upgrades and the replacement of six HVAC units, which will result in an annual savings of $19,917.  The energy-efficiency projects were made possible by a zero-interest loan of $128,585 from MDNR-DE.

To learn more about McDermott and the East Newton R-VI School District, read the full article that appeared in the Spring 2013 edition of Missouri School Plant Manager.

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