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Architecture Firms Build Energy Efficiency

Release Date: 05/15/2008
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or

Projects for 4 New Mexico schools and businesses will save money and emissions

(Dallas, Texas – May 15, 2008) Four schools and businesses in New Mexico can look forward to reducing their energy use and costs thanks to the innovative designs of the Dekker/Perich/Sabatini architecture firm.

The firm will receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design to Earn the Energy Star designation at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention on May 15 in Boston.

The firm’s designs for the buildings meet strict EPA standards for energy efficiency and for preventing greenhouse gas emissions. Together, Sandia Vista and Cielo Azul schools in Rio Rancho, APS Design-Build Middle School in Albuquerque and Thornburg Campus in Santa Fe will prevent over 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year with their new energy-efficient designs.

“Thanks to the ingenuity of these architecture firms, New Mexico schools and businesses will enjoy significant savings in their energy costs,” said EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene. “The firms have proved that designing with the environment in mind can benefit their clients as well.”

The AIA convention will recognize 46 projects in 19 states as achieving Design to Earn the Energy Star. The designs will result in yearly projected savings of 120 million pounds of carbon dioxide and $5 million in energy costs for clients.

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