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Johnson Braund Design Group, Inc. Honored by EPA for Energy Savings

Release Date: 09/17/2008
Contact Information: Robert Drake, EPA Energy Star Program, (206) 553-4803, Tony Brown, EPA Public Affairs, (206) 553-1203,

(Seattle, WASH. – September 17, 2008) Today, EPA announced the winners of the 2008 Energy Star Award for Small Business and Congregations. In EPA Region 10, Johnson Braund Design Group, Inc. (Johnson Braund) located in Seattle, Washington, was recognized for meeting their 50 percent reduction in energy use and saving over 48,000 kWh annually at an estimated cost savings of nearly $5,000.

“Johnson Braund is leading the effort to put in place a new standard for energy efficiency,” said Michelle Pirzadeh, EPA’s Region 10 Deputy Administrator in Seattle. “Their efforts are a model for others and create a durable legacy of energy stewardship that will last for many generations.”

Energy Star Award event will be held at:

Location: Johnson Braund Design Group, Inc.
15200 52nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98188

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 17, 2008
10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Here are some of the steps Johnson Braund took at their 8,000 square-foot facility to reduce energy use and decrease their demand for offsite power generation:

Installed a high efficiency Energy Star heating and cooling heat pump system;
Installed a dedicated venting system for their server room to reclaim heat internally during the winter and dump it outside during the summer. The venting system removes the need for
dedicated AC cooling in that room 75 percent of the year;
Converted 8 fixtures from overhead ‘can’ lighting to all LED fixtures which reduced the power demand for these fixtures by 84 percent;
Switched from incandescent bulbs to CFLs in desk lamps which reduced task light consumption by 85 percent;
Using two T8 fluorescent tubes in each of their 100 fixtures rather than four tubes which reduced the power demand for these fixtures by 45 percent;
Occupancy sensors were placed in rest rooms to automatically shut off lights and fans;
Printers were placed on timers;
Insulation and weather stripping was installed where needed; and
Installed a 10 kW solar PV array that will produce about 8500 kWh of electricity annually.

Johnson Braund has set an ambitious goal of reducing energy consumption another 50 percent over the next three years.

Johnson Braund, located at 15200 52nd Avenue South in Seattle, provides architecture, landscape architecture and interior design services throughout the United States. Johnson Braund is committed to provide state of the art energy efficiency designs to meet the needs of their clients.

Launched in 1992, Energy Star is a government program that helps businesses and consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

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For additional information about 2008 Energy Star Award for Small Business and Congregations, see EPA’s national news release.