ABM Government Services: GSA LA ESPC GS-09P-12-KS-C-0023 | ABM Government Services

“This project coordinated energy reduction efforts across 5 buildings to achieve 30 percent energy cost reduction, allowing the campus to meet a government energy mandate for the next 10 years, an impressive feat alone. But they also implemented use of some newer technologies, like BioPCM’s new ECM; convincing clients to implement cutting edge technology can be challenging, but it’s the single greatest driver in pushing the boundaries of energy reduction and management.”

--Energy Manager Today Awards judge

abm gov't services image reducedWorking with ABM Government Services, the General Services Administration (GSA) is using an Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) program that will improve the operational and financial performance of five federal facilities in the Los Angeles area. The recommendations will result in the GSA reducing its annual energy and operational spend by an additional $2,072,220, of which $1,851,250 is guaranteed. The project has a total simple payback of 15.5 years. As a result of these efforts, the 300 NLA and Roybal Campus have qualified for the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge which mandates a commitment to realize 20% energy and water savings by 2020. This project includes a grand total of 54 Energy Conservation Measures across the Roybal Federal Building, the Social Security Administration Building, the 300 N. Los Angeles Building (NLA), the Glenn Anderson Federal Building, and the Ronald Reagan Federal Building, ABM Government Services says.

During the assessment phase, the team evaluated a specific scope of work that will generate energy and cost savings while meeting the objectives of facility management, including energy and resource savings, maximizing the capabilities of automated building management control systems, open source controls and technologies, equipment standardization, resolution of any compliance issues, coordination with on-going infrastructure improvement projects, and a self-funding project with no increase to the current budget.

In FY 2008, GSA generated an estimated 2.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. By FY 2020, GSA will shrink its GHG emissions to 1.75 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. This project reduces site energy expenditures by over 30%, satisfying all 10 years of requirements for this site in a single project. This project employs enhanced M&V by including full system monitoring, combining disparate ECMs under one system with continuous monitoring.

Two experimental ECMs are included in this project: BioPCM is an ECM that passively absorbs, stores and releases excess ambient heat at specific temperatures. Building Robotics’ Comfy service optimizes commercial office temperature control by providing a carefully curated web interface for occupants that connects to the BMS and allows for immediate but moderated adjustment of the zone temperature. Oakridge National Laboratory, ABM and the GSA will analyze the potential of the both ECM for 6 months.