The 72-year-old Fort Carson
near Colorado Springs, CO, is
both a historic site and the flag-
ship project for the Army’s Net-Zero En-
ergy Initiative, seeking net-zero energy
status for both water and waste by 2020.
The GSA, along with the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory and the
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, released a report that shows the
progress and highlights three key best
1) Envelope optimization – By
examining all five building types’ consumption against the existing energy
code, ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007, the
study found optimization of building
envelopes could save up to 25% above
baseline with payback in seven years.
2) Daylighting and lighting system
improvements – By observing occupan-
cy, lighting, and daylighting patterns at
Army Base Looks to Achieve Net-Zero Energy
four building types, NREL recommended
solutions such as LED retrofits and occupancy sensors that helped buildings on
base use 50% less lighting energy than
required by code.
3) Occupant engagement –The study
found the Army’s Building Energy Monitor program was able to reduce energy
consumption by approximately 2% at one
building and highlights nightly computer
shutdown as a key goal.
ULI Members Tackle
Energy and Water
The latest performance report published by the Urban Land Institute’s
(ULI) Greenprint Center for Building
Performance demonstrates that its
member portfolio is making significant
progress in reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, and water usage.
Volume 5 of the Greenprint
Performance Report measures and tracks
the performance of 4,001 buildings totaling over 1 billion square feet. The results
demonstrate a year-over-year reduction of 1.9% in energy consumption, a
decline of 4.6% in carbon emissions, and
a 1.7% decrease in water consumption.
This is notable as occupancy increased
by 0.2% from 2012 to 2013 on a like-for-like portfolio basis. This suggests that
best practices and improvements are
driving environmental performance.
HISTORIC FORT CARSON is the site of an ambitious modernization project. The Army aims to
achieve net-zero energy status by 2020.
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