News Louisiana IBTS Wins Morehouse Parish Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant AgreementJune 01, 2010 - Bastrop, LA: The Morehouse Parish Police Jury in Bastrop, Louisiana has awarded an agreement to the Louisiana Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to provide Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG) Administration services that include the following:
Completion, submittal and maintenance through project completion of all the necessary grant project documentation, including:
- Grant application forms
- Memoranda of Agreements
- U.S. Department of Labor payroll sub-grantee documents
- Davis Bacon packet control, including:
- Certified payroll review
- Davis Bacon interviews
- Subcontractor payroll tracking
- Waste Management Plan development
- Job creation tracking
- Assistance with RFPs required for energy efficiency implementation measures
- Monthly reporting to the Louisiana Department of Resources
- Reimbursement tracking
- Technical energy audits, conservation strategy development as necessary
As a non-profit organization, with a mission to deliver quality services that meet the challenges of governance at all levels, IBTS conducted the preliminary research and then completed the necessary grant application forms, at no cost, to the Morehouse Parish Police Jury to ensure that all the required documentation was properly completed and submitted before the State-established deadlines. As an existing client of IBTS, the existing partnership and working relationship made the process and workflow very efficient, since both the parish and IBTS knew and understood each other's approaches on projects. The result was that Morehouse Parish received a $195,000 grant for energy efficiency retrofits and improvements to local parish owned buildings, 100% of the requested funds.
IBTS, working in conjunction with the Morehouse Parish Police jury, will administrate the grant to ensure that over 54,000 square feet of parish structures will receive lighting retrofits that will remove an estimated 1,200 inefficient incandescent light bulbs/fixtures with compact fluorescent light bulbs that will reduce lighting loads by as much as 75%. The second task identified by IBTS during the grant writing research was to reduce the electrical demands on several Morehouse Parish structures by replacing old, inefficient HVAC units with high efficiency units that can reduce electrical consumption by 6%. This will provide the parish with immediate results by reducing the amount of energy demand that is placed on the electrical grid, thus reducing the parish's electrical bill, which ultimately translates into a reduced cost to operate the parish government.
Mr. Larry Walters, CBO, CFM and Louisiana IBTS Building Official, has been appointed as the Grant Administrator over this project and will be responsible for the day to day activities and all coordination efforts required to administrate and complete all the necessary documentation. IBTS has appointed Mr. Greg Blount, Louisiana Branch Manager, to be responsible for client satisfaction, policy and procedure and oversight of the project's success.
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