DMV Saves $284,000 per Year with Energy Upgrades

November 7, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

TraneRecently completed upgrades to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles building in Richmond, Va., are expected to reduce energy consumption by 36 percent and save $284,000 a year.

The majority of the upgrades to the 310,650-sq-foot, nine-story facility were completed to address aging and outdated infrastructure.

DMV funded most of the improvements with a performance contract with Trane, made possible through a program managed by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. The performance contract allows DMV to use future energy and operational savings to help finance the infrastructure improvements up front.

Upgrades to the DMV building included replacing all interior and exterior lighting systems with energy efficient illumination. Water retrofits were completed throughout the building to increase energy efficiency and conserve water. Chilled water system upgrades included installing two new centrifugal chillers, variable flow drives and deduct meters, which help reduce sewer fees for cooling tower water.

The project team replaced outdated pneumatic building controls to allow for chiller plant optimization and control of the heating plant, lighting system and other solutions throughout the building. The team also replaced outdated windows with highly efficient windows.

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