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The FBI Washington Field Office
has reduced its winter energy
consumption by 9.5%. This will
save almost $82,000 during cool weather
and over $158,000 annually.
The GSA’s American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has funded
energy efficiency improvements for
federal buildings that help save energy
during harsh winters. Even when heating
demands are high, these facilities experience efficiency gains.
A study of 59 federal buildings found
that the average EUI of the analyzed
facilities was 5.5% lower over the winter
of FY 2014 than FY 2008, the last winter
before the ARRA was implemented.
Additionally, 20 of the 59 buildings were
able to reduce EUI by more than 10%
over the measured time period.
Severe winter conditions were defined
by GSA properties in cities that either
had an average monthly temperature
at least three degrees below the normal
monthly average or had a month with at
least five heating degree days more than
“As the frequency of extreme weather
GSA Green Buildings Stay Energy Efficient in the Cold
events trends upward, it is important that
federal buildings are able to meet the
needs of occupants while also being cost-effective to operate,” says Ruth Cox, GSA’s
chief sustainability official.
The FBI Washington Field Office, for
example, invested in advanced metering
and a new building automation system.
Existing fixtures and bulbs were also
replaced with energy-efficient versions
and auto-dimming ballasts that adjust to
daylight conditions through occupancy
sensing. These efforts led to a winter
energy reduction of 9.5%, approximately
$81,980. The annual energy decrease
amounts to 7.8% or $158,892.
By contrast, the Leo W. O’Brien Federal
Building in Albany, NY, tackled a complete retrocommissioning of its HVAC
system and installed advanced metering
for both energy and water usage. This
led to a 12.4% winter savings and a 20.5%
annually energy reduction, which will
protect $60,398 of taxpayer funding.
THE FBI WASHINGTON FIELD OFFICE has reduced
its annual winter energy spend by over $80,000.
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