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Better Buildings Winner Named

William Opalka

Better BuildingsThe US Court House in Wichita, Kansas, cut its energy intensity by 20 percent and saved over $40,000 in utility costs in a 12- month period. For that effort the Energy Department named it the winner of the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award.

Energy efficiency upgrades, including a cost-effective re-tuning of building control systems and equipment, boosted energy efficiency in the 80-year-old court house. The General Services Administration (GSA) also provided training and technical support to the building staff on how best to manage and sustain the energy efficiency improvements and also encouraged Court House tenants to reduce energy waste within their work areas. Despite the summer’s heat waves and the winter’s cold snaps, GSA cut energy use by 20 percent in the building while maintaining a satisfaction rate among tenants of more than 90 percent, according to a GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey.

 



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