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Kluber building earns Energy Star certification

BATAVIA – Installing energy efficient features in Kluber Architects and Engineers’ office in downtown Batavia has made the building “Energy Star Certified” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Energy Department.

The Kluber building at 10 S. Shumway Ave. is the first Batavia office and downtown building to earn the certification. Only two Batavia retail businesses, Kohl’s and Target, are Energy Star rated.

In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency introduced Energy Star as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Star Certified is a joint program between the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy.

“It shows you what you can do with an old building,” said Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke in congratulating Kluber President Mike Kluber at Monday’s Batavia City Council meeting.

Kluber purchased the building that dates to the late 1800s and extensively renovated it, including replacing the roof, making the building handicapped accessible and adding a sprinkler and fire alarm system. The renovated building opened in 2011.

The building originally was built as an opera house. Over the years, the building became a movie house, roller-skating rink and office and retail building.

Energy-efficient features in the Kluber building include high-efficiency L.E.D. lighting and a computerized lighting-control system, high-performance wood clad windows and high-efficiency, condensing gas-fired furnaces for heating.

First Ward Alderman Michael O’Brien said the renovation of the building was a good public-private partnership. Aldermen had approved a $319,000 tax increment financing grant to allow for the partial demolition and redevelopment of the property.

“It was what TIF was supposed to do,” O’Brien said.

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