The District of Columbia’s Department of General Services has appointed CH2M Hill to generate long-term energy savings.
In July 2011, the DGS Sustainability & Energy Division head Sam Brooks launched an energy savings initiative dubbed “Game Change.” The program set a goal of 20 percent energy savings in 20 months, translating into a potential savings of $5 million annually.
A key component in the initiative is “Build Smart DC,” in which DGS provides energy information collected through tens of thousands of data points – more than 35,000 per building. The department is using that energy data to drive what it calls “unprecedented” energy savings.
Brooks selected CH2M Hill to partner with DGS to help them generate these long-term energy savings. The firm began by assessing 42 DGS-maintained buildings. Taking a combined approach of both physical and virtual audits, the CH2M Hill team identified electricity savings of 25 percent and gas savings of 21 percent, which translate into cost savings of about $4 million, C2HM Hill says. The company did not provide a time period over which the savings would accrue.
DGS can realize about half of those identified savings simply through operational changes, which they will implement over the next six months. The CH2M Hill team has recommended a two-prong approach to achieve the reductions – a portfolio-wide implementation for the changes that are common to most buildings, and a focused effort on 13 buildings selected based on their potential for the greatest savings and ease of implementation, the company says.
In October, FirstFuel Software announced that its Remote Building Analytics platform is being used by DGS to identify and deliver energy efficiency savings within DGS’s nearly 30 million square feet of District-owned property as part of the “Game Change” initiative. Remote audits of the program’s first 25 buildings uncovered more than 19 million KWh of energy reduction opportunity, at a 24-percent average reduction per building using FirstFuel.
In March, the DGS signed a one-year contract for 100 percent CleanSteps WindPower from Herndon, Va.-based Washington Gas Energy Services.