The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled Streamlining ESPCs for Small Sites on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The session will benefit energy managers and other professionals interested in learning how federal facilities can realize energy and water savings in six months or less with a new project funding approach — the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) ENABLE program. Subject matter will include eligibility criteria and the use of standardized forms, as well as self-assessments to reduce application time, costs, reviews, and approvals.
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The vast amount of glass in skyscrapers and office buildings represents enormous potential for an emerging technology that turns windows into solar panels. But major questions remain as to whether solar windows can be sufficiently inexpensive and efficient to be widely adopted.
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An important and relatively new way of tapping into the building energy efficiency opportunity is through continuous data analytics, which is less capital intensive than replacing equipment or conducting building retrofits.
Data analytics allows building owners and managers to optimize the existing building and equipment as is. While the benefits of capital-intensive retrofits are real and well-documented, the payback periods for many retrofit projects are relatively long (seven to more than 10 years), and are therefore problematic for organizations that need to drive savings within a shorter window of time.
Underscoring the Obama Administration’s commitments to saving energy, reducing costs for taxpayers and protecting our air and water, the Energy Department today announced eight finalists for the first-annual Better Buildings Federal Award. This competition recognizes the federal government’s highest-performing buildings and challenges agencies to achieve the greatest reduction in annual energy intensity — or energy consumed per square foot. The federal building that achieves the greatest energy savings over a one-year competition period wins.
The eight finalists, which represent a range of building types, sizes, and agency functions, were selected based upon past and current sustainability efforts that demonstrate leadership and promote ongoing energy savings. When selecting finalists, the Department’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) considered energy efficiency measures deployed in the facility, best practices in energy management and building operations undertaken by facility personnel, and institutional change programs and other tools that were used to encourage broad sustainability efforts within the facility. From now until September 30, 2012, the selected finalists will compete in a head-to-head competition to achieve the greatest reduction in Fiscal Year 2012 energy intensity.
The following facilities were selected as finalists:
Department of Defense:
- Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Fort Hood, Texas
- Army Boatwright Maintenance Park Building, Fort Knox, Kentucky
Department of Energy:
- Sandia National Laboratory Building 753, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Department of Interior:
- Bureau of Reclamation Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility, Alamogordo, New Mexico
Department of Treasury:
- Bureau of Public Debt Avery Street Building, Parkersburg, West Virginia
General Services Administration:
- Frank Carlson Federal Building and Courthouse, Topeka, Kansas
- Neal Smith Federal Building, Des Moines, Iowa
- Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, Atlanta, Georgia
For more information on this year’s finalists, visit the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) webpage.
The Better Buildings Federal Award is part of a larger effort by the Obama Administration challenging the private and public sector to make rapid investments in more sustainable, energy-efficient workplaces that set an example for the nation. In early December, President Obama announced the investment of nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings. As part of that announcement, the Administration issued a Presidential Memorandum committing the federal government and its agencies to enter into a minimum of $2 billion in performance-based contracts to improve federal building energy efficiency over the next two years.