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Wichita U.S. Courthouse Wins Energy Management Award

July 31, 2014

The Wichita U.S. Courthouse has earned another energy award. The facility received a 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for outstanding achievements in energy management — including a 20 percent energy intensity reduction — in fiscal year 2013.

This is the second energy award in as many years for the Wichita Courthouse, as the facility earned a Department of Energy Better Buildings Award in 2013.

The award-winning three-pronged project included: Targeted E4 re-tuning (a process through which specific no- and low-cost adjustments to building systems are identified and implemented); building staff-initiated energy-management practices; and engaging contractors and tenants.

In addition to reducing energy intensity by 20 percent, the 2013 project has an expected simple payback of two years, and it resulted in $21,019 in energy cost savings in fiscal year 13 versus fiscal year 12. That is a 10.53 percent cost reduction.
From baseline year 2003 to 2013, GSA saved 11,421 million British Thermal Units of energy in Wichita, and from baseline year 2007 to 2013, GSA saved 1,590,750 gallons of water.

In a congratulatory email, DOE Federal Energy Management Program Operations Supervisor Hayes Jones wrote, “…I commend you on your progress toward meeting federal energy management goals by reducing energy costs and implementing innovative practices and technologies.

DOE and the Federal Interagency Energy Policy Committee — comprised of senior agency management officials from numerous executive branch departments and agencies — selected the winners.

An awards ceremony will be held to honor the winners in Washington later this calendar year.

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