Johnston (IA) Fire Station Lowers Energy Costs

Johnston city leaders were recognized for their efforts to ensure that the city’s recently finished second fire station was built to be energy efficient.

Firefighters began responding to calls from Johnston Fire Station No. 2, which sits on the city’s western side on Northwest 62nd Avenue, in March 2013. The building’s design saves the city approximately $8,500 each year because of energy-efficient features.

“We are thrilled with that result,” Fire Chief Jim Krohse said in a press release on the award. “It allows us to be responsible stewards of important taxpayer dollars.”

The city’s recognition came at the conference of the Iowa American Institute of Architects in Des Moines. The fire station was one of 10 projects completed during the last fiscal year that received the Energy Efficient Design award by participating in a new construction program through Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy and Mid­American Energy.

The construction program was designed to create incentives for cities or other entities undertaking new projects or renovations that consider efficiency efforts.

Design Alliance and Twin Rivers Engineering Consultants helped the city design the station, which has achieved a 63 percent annual kBTU savings, a measurement of a building’s energy use.

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