Dillon U.S. Courthouse Earns Energy Star®
Northeast and Caribbean Region
February 9, 2011
DILLON U.S. COURTHOUSE EARNS ENERGY STAR®
BUFFALO - Energy efficient technologies, systems and products integrated into the Michael J. Dillon U.S. Courthouse has helped it earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious Energy Star designation. The building is operated and managed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
"We are extremely proud of this honor," said GSA Regional Administrator Denise L. Pease. "GSA's Northeast and Caribbean Region is completely committed to supporting the Obama Administration's environmental efforts. The Energy Star designations for our buildings are not only proof of our commitment to good environmental stewardship but also demonstrate lowered energy costs, and that’s good news for taxpayers.”
The ENERGY STAR is recognized nationwide as a symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. It signifies that a building’s energy performance rates in the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Nationally there are over 12,000 ENERGY STAR buildings, including 195 federal buildings and U.S. Courthouses that are under GSA’s jurisdiction. Eleven of these ENERGY STAR federal facilities are located in GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region.
Construction of the seven-story courthouse resulted from Buffalo's evolution as one of the country's important industrial centers, which brought numerous federal agencies to the city. President Roosevelt personally dedicated the $2.3 million courthouse in 1936. In 1987 it was named after Michael J. Dillon, the first IRS officer in Western New York to die in the line of duty. Recent energy enhancements at the building include the upgrade of all the passenger elevators to newer, more energy-efficient electronic elevators. Additionally the building’s energy management system was optimized and older incandescent lighting systems were upgraded to more energy efficient bulbs and ballasts As a direct result of these efforts, the overall building energy consumption decreased by 4.8% over the previous year.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government.
As the federal government's workplace solutions provider, the U.S. General Services Administration works to foster an effective, sustainable and transparent government for the American people. GSA’s expertise in government workplace solutions include:
- Effective management of government assets including more than 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 210,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties;
- Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services making up more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars;
- Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen engagement; and,
- Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of governmentwide policies ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.