MHTA to honor Minnesota’s top technology companies and individuals at the Nov.16 awards ceremony
Chanhassen, MN, Sept. 21, 2016 – The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Energy Insight, Inc., as a finalist in the Energy and Clean Tech category for the 2016 Tekne Awards, which will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Tekne Awards honor Minnesota companies and individuals who have shown superior technology innovation and leadership.
Energy Insight received this honor for its innovative work on the St. Louis County Government Services Center (GSC) in Duluth, Minn. The $21 million overhaul was the largest construction project ever completed by the County. It transformed an aging, seven-story, 166,000-square-foot office building into a model of energy efficiency and a demonstration site for an innovative HVAC technology called variable refrigerant flow (VRF) zoning. VRF is not widely used in Minnesota but shows significant potential for cold-climate applications. The remodeled GSC also was the first government building in Minnesota to use 100% LED lighting and lighting controls, a decision made early in the multi-year process when LEDs were not widely considered for commercial applications.
These choices and other energy efficiency measures integrated into the design are expected to cut energy costs by 50-60%. They flowed largely from recommendations made by Energy Insight as the primary commercial energy consultant for Minnesota Power’s Power of One® Business conservation improvement program.
“The Energy Insight team delved into every aspect of energy conservation and sustainable infrastructure and systems design and performance criteria,” said Tony Mancuso, property management director for St. Louis County, who led the integrated design process. “They worked with the County staff, design architects and engineers to vet the very best equipment and fixtures. They even brought in vendors to install sample equipment and fixtures for ‘test drives,’ so the occupants and building maintenance staff could evaluate each one. Energy Insight went the extra mile.”
“Government entities are not generally known as risk-takers, but St. Louis County is a clear exception when it comes to energy efficiency,” said Matt Haley, president, Energy Insight. “Property management director Tony Mancuso continually pushes the envelope. For years, his department has participated in an onsite Energy Team that meets quarterly with Minnesota Power and Energy Insight to keep energy innovations at the forefront of facility planning. This openness to new ideas and willingness to be an early adopter advances the acceptance of technologies like VRF and commercial LEDs in the market.”
The GSC project was designed by Perkins + Will, one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms. Mechanical and electrical engineering was provided by Gausman & Moore Associates, Inc., a company that focuses on engineering energy-efficient, sustainable systems.
Presented by the MHTA, the Tekne Awards annually recognize Minnesota’s best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management. A full list of finalists is available online at http://www.tekneawards.org.
“Each year, MHTA seeks out companies and people leading the way in innovation in Minnesota,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA. “These advancements are changing the way people all over the world live and work, and the Tekne Awards recognize those achievements.”