DOE Headquarters Designated an Energy Star Building

July 9, 2008

Photo of the Forrestal Building, the main body of which is a four-story concrete office building several hundred yards long, suspended above a plaza. The time-delay photo features the streaked lights of passing traffic in the foreground.

Located across the street from the Smithsonian Institution, DOE's James Forrestal Headquarters Building in only the second building in our nation's capital to earn the Energy Star.
Credit: DOE

DOE's James Forrestal Headquarters Building was certified as an Energy Star building by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 9, making it the second building in Washington, D.C., to have earned the Energy Star ranking, and the second DOE facility to be recognized. The Forrestal Building uses 40% less energy than the average office building, a difference of 28 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Its energy-saving features include energy-efficient lighting; energy-efficient motors in the air-handling equipment; high-efficiency chilled- and hot-water pumps; automated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning control systems; and local area networks that are consolidated into central computing rooms.

In order to earn an Energy Star rating, commercial buildings must demonstrate low utility usage of electricity, natural gas, and steam, while maintaining good indoor air quality at comfortable temperatures. Buildings are scored on a scale of 1 to 100, with buildings ranking higher than 75 being eligible for an Energy Star rating. The Forrestal Building received a ranking of 88. See the DOE press release.

The federal government is the largest single user of energy in the United States, and DOE is the second largest energy consumer of all civilian federal agencies. To lower the agency's energy use, DOE launched the Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) Initiative in August 2007, with the goal of reducing the energy intensity in all DOE facilities by 30%. The initiative also sets aggressive goals for increasing DOE's use of renewable energy, alternative fuel vehicles, and energy efficiency technologies for data centers, with specific goals reaching from 2008 until 2015. See the TEAM Initiative Web site.