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August 30, 2019

E. Windsor company claims CT’s first “net zero” commercial building

Photo | Contributed The Blake Group is headquartered at 4 New Park Road in East Windsor.

The Blake Group, which sells boilers, pumps and other products to trades and industrial customers, said one of its East Windsor facilities is the first commercial building in Connecticut to be verified as a “zero energy” facility.

The designation comes from the New Buildings Institute (NBI), an Oregon-based nonprofit that maintains a growing registry of such facilities, which are “ultra-low energy buildings that consume only as much power as is generated on-site through renewable energy resources over the course of a year.”

Blake Group’s 6 New Park Road facility, built several years ago, has now been officially verified by NBI as a zero-energy building, meaning it has achieved NBI’s requirements for at least one full year.

It joins approximately 100 other verified properties in the U.S. and Canada.
The 17,000-square-foot East Windsor facility is the company’s distribution, manufacturing, pump repair shop.

It has a rooftop solar array that produces 92,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, energy-efficient lighting, an efficient heating system and other features, which all help save $6,000 compared to a similarly constructed steel building of its size, according to Blake Group.

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