U.S. General Services Administration Saves $923,000 in utility costs across the Northwest/Arctic Region
Release Date: January 2, 2013
The U.S. General Services Administration’s Northwest/Arctic Region saved taxpayers more than $923,000 in annual utility costs fiscal year 2012 by reducing energy use in federal buildings by 9.75 percent from the previous year.
The total energy use in the region, including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, was 150,456 MWh, (513,355 mmBTU’s) which is 9.75% less energy (16,325 MWh) than in fiscal year 2011, and significantly better than the 3 percent target. This equates to an annual utilities cost savings of $923,577 for the Region.
The GSA has made significant investments in federal buildings across the United States to ensure they are high performing and energy efficient office buildings. These Investments in energy saving technologies, setting aggressive energy use targets, ongoing tenant education, establishing Green Teams, integrating building operations and a continuous monitoring all contributed to the significant reductions and savings.
The region also reduced water use by 74.99 million gallons - a reduction of 8.11percent compared to the previous year. In addition the region diverted 53 percent of its solid waste from landfills.
Among individual federal buildings, Seattle’s Federal Center South complex posted a reduction of 32 percent in energy use compared to last fiscal year. Other top federal building energy performers are the Gus Solomon Courthouse, Pioneer Courthouse, and Hatfield Courthouse in Portland; the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle.
In fiscal year 2012, the Region benchmarked performance in 15 federal buildings across a number of strategic areas. The result is all 7 federal buildings have been submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings Volume Certification program.
The GSA also welcomed one of the most energy efficient buildings in the nation into its portfolio this fall. The 1202 building at Federal Center South, home of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District Headquarters, is anticipated to be in the top one percent of U.S. buildings for energy performance and become the region’s most energy-efficient air conditioned building. The innovative use of Phase Change Material (PCM) provides significant energy savings, and is one of the first in the region to combine the use of geothermal heating and cooling systems with structural piles. The project also reused nearly 200,000 board feet of structural timber and 100,00 board feet of wood decking salvaged from the adjacent decommissioned warehouse for stunning interior features.
2012 Sustainability Successes [PDF - 201 KB]