in FEDERAL FACILITIES
The federal government manages some 429,000 buildings totaling 3. 34 billion square feet. It owns approximately 80% of that space and leases 20%. A portfolio of that mammoth size clearly has an impact on the buildings
industry. Just the 20% of the federal portfolio that is
leased – some 670 million square feet – is far larger
than the 420 million square feet of office space in
New York City, the nation’s largest building market.
The federal government’s facility policies influence
industry regulations, new technology, suppliers, and
energy management practices.
The government seeks to lead by example in energy management
The Impact of Performance Contracting
The Bush and Obama administrations have established a number of
targets for facility energy use. GSA,DOE and other federal agencies are
developing a variety of approaches, including performance contract-
ing, deep retrofits, a green “proving ground,” and analytics tools. The
private sector can learn from the government’s successes.
Performance contracting offers not only little or no initial cost to a
cash-strapped federal government but also a broad and deep approach
to upgrades of existing buildings. It is a pivotal part of the federal government’s plan to achieve energy-efficient facilities. The government is
working the strategy from several angles.
Energy savings performance contracts – or ESPCs, as they are
known in the federal code – refer to contracts awarded to energy
service company (ESCOs). After completion of an investment-grade P H O
By Chris Olson, Chief Content Director
THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ASPINALL
FEDERAL BUILDING in Grand Junction, CO,
included a variable refrigerant flow HVAC, a
geoexchange system, and photovoltaic panels
on a canopy above the historic building’s roof.