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March 23, 2011

A Former "Most Wanted" Building Gets a Reprieve

"Most Wanted" posters identifying bandits and desperadoes are familiar images to anyone who has ever seen a Western movie. If they still made those posters, and if they offered rewards for turning in energy-inefficient buildings, the Cedar Park City Hall would have been one of the meanest outlaws this side of West Texas. Because not too long ago, the city hall had achieved a different kind of notoriety; the State Energy Conservation Office labeled it as one of the most energy-inefficient buildings in Texas.

But thanks to some assistance from DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program funded through the Recovery Act, a former "Most Wanted" building has changed its ways, reduced energy waste, and is now generating serious energy savings. The grant has gone toward a variety of improvements for city hall, including automatic light switches, window tinting, new heating and cooling units, and most importantly, a "cool roof" that reflects a significant amount of Lone Star State sunlight. See the Energy Blog post.