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Historic Courthouse Gets Net-Zero Retrofit

Karen Henry

The US General Services Administration (GSA) is aggressively pursuing avenues to eliminate the Federal government’s impacts on the natural environment. To prove that net-zero energy goals can be achieved in a historic building with a bevy of preservation requirements, GSA completed a deep retrofit at the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse in   …Continue Reading


India’s First Net Zero Energy Building Serves as a Model for the Country

Karen Henry

India’s Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats organized a tour of the Indira Paryavaran Bhavan in New Dehli to promote the need for green building strategies in the country, Eco-Business reports. Completed almost one year ago, the government building is India’s first net-zero energy building. In   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards $425M for Supercomputing Technologies

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced two new high performance computing awards. DOE’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories will receive $325 million to build two state-of-the-art supercomputers. The joint collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) was established in early 2014 to leverage supercomputing investments, streamline procurement processes and reduce   …Continue Reading


DMV Saves $284,000 per Year with Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

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 The majority of the upgrades to the 310,650-sq-foot, nine-story facility were completed to address aging and outdated infrastructure.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


ARRA-Funded Improvements Help GSA Buildings Use 5.5% Less Energy During ‘Harsh Winter’

Linda Hardesty

After analyzing the energy use data of 59 federal buildings in states that were hardest hit by cold weather in the winter of 2014, the US General Services Administration found that these buildings, all of which received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funded upgrades, used an average of 5.5 percent less energy compared to the   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Prequalifies as ESCO in Arkansas

Linda Hardesty

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission Energy Office named McKinstry to its pre-qualified list of independent contractors to service its energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) program. The program helps state agencies and institutions reduce energy use through facilities improvements that are paid for with money saved through lower consumption. Recently, ConEdison Solutions said it had also   …Continue Reading


Rise Engineering Wins $3.6M Energy-Efficiency Contract

Linda Hardesty

Rise Engineering was awarded a $3.6 million competitive-bid contract to serve as the lead contractor for a comprehensive energy and water efficiency project at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Plymouth, Mass. Onsite work began in October on the first of multiple energy and water conservation measures that are projected to reduce the jail’s annual   …Continue Reading


GSA Purchases 500,000 MWh of Wind from Tribal Projects

Linda Hardesty

The US General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a competitive power supply contract to a commercial wind developer for the purchase of 140 MW. The energy will come from the Walnut Ridge Wind Farm, which is currently in development in northwest Illinois, and will add more than 500,000 MWh to the power grid annually. The 10-year   …Continue Reading


Arkansas Pre-Qualifies ConEdison Solutions as ESCO

Linda Hardesty

ConEdison Solutions has been pre-qualified as an approved Energy Service Company (ESCO) by the State of Arkansas Energy Office. If selected from the pre-approved list of providers to implement a project, ConEdison Solutions would deliver guaranteed savings by completing energy upgrades in various public buildings throughout Arkansas. Under the terms of the Arkansas Energy Performance   …Continue Reading


Noribachi Completes Lighting Retrofit for TSA

Linda Hardesty

Noribachi completed one of the largest LED retrofit projects of an existing building in the US for the 29-year-old Transportation Security Administration (TSA) headquarters. The TSA project was a three-year, four-phase project focused on its 550,000-sq-foot building and parking garage. The agency is on track to save $550,000 in 2014 electrical expenses, which exceeds forecasts, due   …Continue Reading


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