DOE's Germantown Facility Receives ENERGY STAR Award
May 7, 2003
ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program sponsored by DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency. The ENERGY STAR label promotes energy-efficient choices. In appliances, the ENERGY STAR label aides consumers in identifying products and buildings that save energy and money. For buildings, energy consumption is benchmarked on a 0 to 100 scale. Buildings earning a score of 75 or greater while maintaining an acceptable indoor environment qualify for the award. DOE's Germantown building received a score of 83.
OMBE takes seriously its responsibility to reduce the consumption of energy at Headquarters Buildings. Between 1987 and 2002 they have striven to implement energy conservation projects at Germantown that would allow the Department to meet the challenges set forth in Executive Order 13123. This Executive Order requires each Federal agency to develop and implement a program to reduce energy consumption in its buildings by 30 percent by the year 2005 and 35 percent by 2010.
In Fiscal Year 2002, the Germantown facility achieved a 41.14 % reduction in energy consumption as compared to the FY 1985 base. They have exceeded the goals set forth in the Executive Order by eight years. The overall savings associated with these efforts is $2.68 Million.
Some projects that contributed to the reduction in energy consumption at Germantown follow:
- Installed new roofs with high insulative properties on all buildings
- Installed a building-wide Energy Management Control System
- Replaced all lighting with energy-efficient fixtures
- Replaced all existing windows with low emissivity (Low E), argon gas-filled, double pane, evergreen-tinted windows with thermal-break frames
- Completed the replacement of the dry type transformers with ENERGY STAR-rated transformers
- Constructed new energy-efficient CFC-free refrigeration plant.
- Installed a new 1,750-kilowatt emergency electrical diesel generator.
- Replaced motors on the main air handling units with energy-efficient motors.
As part of OMBE's commitment to renewable resources and in partnership with EERE, OMBE purchased 828,700 kWh (2.828 BBTU) worth of Green-e certified renewable power from PEPCO for FY02 and FY03. This amount accounts for 8% of Germantown electric power consumption.
By implementing these projects and many others, OMBE has taken significant steps toward meeting the Department's responsibilities to save money and protect the environment, and "Lead by Example" for DOE field sites and other Federal agencies.