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Nichols Paper and Supply press release

May 25, 2010
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Nichols Achieves the EPA''s Energy Star Certification For Superior Energy Performance
Muskegon, MI — In keeping with its solid commitment to Sustainability, Muskegon-based Nichols Paper and Supply has achieved EPA''s Energy Star Certification with a score of 79. Two years ago when starting their pursuit for LEED EB O+M (U.S. Green Building Council''s Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance) their energy star score was 70, a minimum of 69 is required to achieve LEED EB O+M. Instead of accepting that score, improvements were made to their main distribution center and corporate headquarters in Muskegon and they were able to raise their score to 79. The improvement that contributed the most to raising that score was a lighting change in the 96,000 square foot warehouse that has helped them achieve a 34% degrease in energy usage annually. Renae Hesselink, LEED AP and VP of Sustainability of the company stated "Behavioral changes have also contributed to the increase in score, turning off computers and small appliances when not in use, occupancy sensors in offices, conference rooms, restrooms and storage areas, task lighting in offices, and working in the abundance of natural light that our building offers."
An ENERGY STAR qualified facility meets strict energy performance standards set by EPA and uses less energy, is less expensive to operate, and causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions than its peers. Energy use in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants accounts for nearly half of all energy consumption in the U.S. at a cost of over $200 billion per year, more than any other sector of the economy. Commercial and industrial facilities are also responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to global warming.
For more than a decade, EPA has worked with businesses and organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strategic energy management practices. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building or manufacturing plant must score in the top 25 percent based on EPA''s National Energy Performance Rating System. To determine the performance of a facility, EPA compares energy use among other, similar types of facilities on a scale of 1-100; buildings that achieve a score of 75 or higher may be eligible for the ENERGY STAR. The EPA rating system accounts for differences in operating conditions, regional weather data, and other important considerations.
For more information on the EPA Energy Star Certification and the Energy Star Portfolio Manager (the tool used to calculate your score) visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=evaluate_performance.bus_portfoliomanager
Nichols is the largest independent distributor of cleaning, protection and packaging supplies in the state of Michigan, has been in business for over seventy years, is headquartered in Muskegon and services over four thousand customers. Nichols also has branches in Wixom, Holland, Traverse City and Grand Rapids.

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