GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 27, 2012) — Brady (, a company that provides energy‐ efficient HVAC systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, announces today the completion of phase one improvements at

Salem Academy and College. Averaging the equivalent household consumption for electricity, gas and water, the improvements will reduce utility demand by nearly six city blocks. This is based on Winston-Salem moderate-density zoning with lots averaging 12,000 sq. ft. and one city-block averaging 96,465 sq. ft. The estimated annual savings include:

  • More than 825,000 kWh, the average usage by 56 households* (7 city blocks)
  • More than 16,000 therms (1.6 million cubic feet of natural gas), the average usage by 28 households* (3.5 city blocks)
  • Estimated 2.9 million gallons of water, the average usage by 53 households*** (6.6 city blocks)

*Based on estimated average household usage according to the most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration,

**Based on estimated average household usage of 9,000 gallons bi‐monthly according to Winston‐Salem, Forsyth County City/County Utilities

During a tour of the upgrades earlier this month, Jim Brady, president of Brady, presented Salem Academy and College President Susan E. Pauly with a plaque of recognition for beginning the process of making the campus EarthWise.™ EarthWise is a trademarked concept of Trane that focuses on what is positive for the internal and external environments. EarthWise systems need to be sustainable, energy efficient, low emissions system that can be documented.

Phase one targeted four areas of inefficiency on the historic campus:

  1. Outdated and failing heating equipment and systems
  2. Alignment of heating and hot water production with need fluctuations based on usage and seasonal operations
  3. Campus‐wide monitoring and control of energy usage
  4. Lighting in public gathering spaces

Highlights include the ability to shut down the steam plant during the summer months, advanced remote monitoring technology and custom LED lighting. Added benefits include gymnasium lighting is upgraded to meet NCAA standards; a 50+‐year‐old, decommissioned boiler is removed from the steam plant, improving the ability to service operating systems, and hot water production for the dining hall is moved out of the kitchen, providing additional workspace.

Brady and Salem Academy have plans to continue to work together on increasing their project scope moving forward, while decreasing their carbon footprint.

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