FEMP Awards 2002 Federal Energy Saver Showcase Facilities

November 1, 2002

Nineteen outstanding Federal facilities were recently awarded Federal Energy Saver Showcase designation. Each facility receives a plaque notifying visitors that they are entering a Federal government building that uses energy and water wisely and saves taxpayer dollars. These 19 facilities are expected to save the government 109 billion Btu, or about $2 million in energy costs per year.

Since 1995, FEMP has recognized more than 80 facilities across the country as Federal Energy Saver Showcases. Located throughout the nation, this year's showcase facilities utilize technologies and strategies that range from low-energy building design and construction to geothermal heat pumps and distributed energy resources. Each facility nominated by their respective agencies features energy efficiency, renewable energy, or water conserving technologies designed to save natural resources and reduce operating costs.

It was a successful year for the Department of Defense, with 9 of the 19 designated showcase facilities representing the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marines. DOE received five showcase awards this year, due in part to the efforts of several of its National Laboratories. Other Federal agencies receiving awards include the Department of Commerce (NOAA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Transportation (FAA), the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, and the U.S. Postal Service. FEMP commends all the individuals and agencies who have contributed to the successful implementation of these projects. The following are brief descriptions of each showcase facility designated for 2002.

U.S. Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service
Honolulu Laboratory
Honolulu, Hawaii

With the redesign of an existing research laboratory, this project makes use of low-energy building design strategies, efficient technologies, and renewable energy. The project team is striving to attain a gold rating certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the facility through the use of such strategies as natural daylighting, solar water heating, liquid desiccant dehumidification, occupancy sensors, and a new building management system.

A photo of an aircraft hanger at Columbus Air Force Base

An aircraft hanger at Columbus Air Force Base with recently installed energy-efficient lighting.

U.S. Department of Defense—
Air Force
Aircraft Hangars 450, 452, 454, & 456
Columbus Air Force Base
Columbus, Mississippi

Implemented through an energy savings performance contract covering four aircraft hangars and more than 74,000 square feet of building space, energy-efficient lighting retrofits and replacement of existing hot air furnaces with energy-efficient infrared heaters improve occupant comfort while reducing energy use.

U.S. Department of Defense—Air Force
Defense Information Systems Agency / Defense
Enterprise Computing Center Ogden
Hill Air Force Base
Ogden, Utah

Energy efficiency improvements for this computer operations facility included the replacement of several old, inefficient chillers with newer, high-efficiency units, and installation of variable frequency drive pumps and a new direct digital controls system. Additionally, a new chemical feed system allows reuse of 50 percent of the cooling water.

U.S. Department of Defense—Air Force
Military Family Housing at Charleston Air Force Base
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Air Force Base replaced 885 conventional air conditioners and gas furnaces with geothermal heat pumps in their family housing units. This alternatively financed project eliminates the need for natural gas for heating, resulting in demand reductions of 42 percent and overall energy savings totaling 30 percent.

U.S. Department of Defense—Army
Arizona Army National Guard EcoBuilding
Phoenix, Arizona

This unique facility is a true showcase of sustainable design and an example of how the Federal sector can lead by example. The 5,200-square-foot office facility uses natural daylighting, passive solar design strategies, recycled materials, solar-powered evaporative cooling, rainwater harvesting and collection, and 12 kilowatts of photovoltaic power.

U.S. Department of Defense—Army
Building 110 at Watervliet Arsenal
Watervliet, New York

Natural gas engine driven air compressors serving the Arsenal's industrial shop facilities were replaced with efficient electric motor driven units, saving an average of $60,000 per year. In a demonstration of the success of this unique and straightforward project, it has already been replicated at the Picatinny Arsenal.

U.S. Department of Defense—Army
Cleland Multipurpose Sports Complex
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

An energy savings performance contract project completed at this ice rink and sports complex resulted in energy savings exceeding 40 percent per year. The use of high-efficiency metal halide lighting, a new desiccant dehumidification air handling unit, variable frequency drive pumps, a reflective ceiling system, and a new energy management control system saves more than 1 million kilowatthours per year.

U.S. Department of Defense—Marine Corps
Laurel Bay and Pine Grove II Housing at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Beaufort, South Carolina

Through a utility energy services contract, 2,500 tons of existing HVAC systems and hot water heaters were replaced with energy-efficient geothermal heat pumps in family housing units at this Marine Corps installation. The geothermal units reduce energy consumption by more than 40 percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 11 tons per year.

U.S. Department of Defense—Navy
Naval Medical Center San Diego
San Diego, California

A host of energy-efficient technologies including renewable energy were financed through a utility energy services contract at this showcase facility. Energy-efficient lighting, new high-efficiency HVAC systems, direct digital controls, adjustable speed drives for fans and pumps, solar swimming pool heating, and low-flow plumbing fixtures result in significant annual energy and water savings for the Navy.

U.S. Department of Defense—Navy
Photovoltaic Covered Parking at Building 652
Naval Air Station North Island
San Diego, California

As part of their facility demand reduction efforts, Naval Air Station North Island is constructing a new 750-kilowatt photovoltaic array to provide covered, shaded parking and more than 1 million kilowatthours of energy per year. The system, which may be the largest photovoltaic installation of its kind, is being partially financed through an energy savings performance contract.


A photo of DOE's Bechtel Hanford Headquarters in Richland, Washington

DOE's Bechtel Hanford Headquarters in Richland, Washington, uses an aray of energy- and water-saving technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy
Bechtel Hanford Headquarters
Richland Corporate Center
Richland, Washington

Building energy consumption has been reduced by almost 15 percent and water use has been reduced by 5 percent through the implementation of off-the-shelf technologies and improved system operations. Specifically, savings were achieved through the use of lighting timers, new HVAC operating parameters, sprinkler adjustments, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

U.S. Department of Energy
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Main Injector 8 GeV Beamline
Batavia, Illinois

Radical new concepts in accelerator design have completely eliminated the use of non-renewable energy at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Main Injector. The use of permanent magnet electromagnetic displacement has dramatically reduced energy and water use, as well as maintenance requirements.

U.S. Department of Energy
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Building 46A — Engineering Division Offices
Berkeley, California

LBNL has already implemented a number of energy and water efficiency strategies reducing energy consumption by 35 percent compared to 1985 and water consumption by 65 percent compared to 1988 levels. Recent installations of LBNL's Berkeley Lamp, which uses 25 percent of the power of a 150-watt incandescent bulb without sacrificing luminous output, results in additional savings.

U.S. Department of Energy
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Thermal Test Facility
Golden, Colorado

This energy-efficient research facility makes use of passive solar design, high-efficiency lighting with natural daylighting, two-stage evaporative cooling, variable speed drives, instantaneous water heating, xeriscaping, and a whole-building energy management control system. A true showcase of innovation, the facility has received several awards including an American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technology Award, and has been featured in several publications including the ASHRAE Journal and Solar Today.

U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Buildings Technology Center
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Already designated as an Energy Star® building, this showcase facility also generates its own power. A new distributed generation system installed at the Buildings Technology Center consists of 8.5-kilowatts of photovoltaic power, a 30-kilowatt microturbine, and an ultra-capacitor power system that supplies almost 35 percent of the building's total electricity use.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Indian Health Service
David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic
Wellpinit, Washington

Combining new high efficiency HVAC systems, energy-efficient lighting and occupancy sensors, low-e windows, additional exterior wall and ceiling insulation, and new plumbing fixtures with improved preventive maintenance practices have resulted in energy savings of 56 percent per gross square foot.

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Air Traffic Control Tower
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Although air traffic control towers tend to be energy intensive facilities, the FAA still found opportunities for substantial annual energy savings. Extensive energy efficiency improvements included the installation of new HVAC equipment, a reflective roof coating, Energy Star. appliances, and highly efficient T8 lamps and electronic ballasts.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. General Services Administration
EPA New England Regional Laboratory
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Thanks to a collaborative effort between GSA and EPA, this showcase is a prototype for future EPA Laboratories and a potential gold-rated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) facility. The Laboratory incorporates natural daylighting, highly efficient HVAC systems, a building-integrated photovoltaic sunshade, recycled and reused materials, and is electrified with 100 percent green power.

U.S. Postal Service
Marina Processing and Distribution Center
Inglewood, California

A recently installed 127-kilowatt, roof-mounted, grid-connected solar photovoltaic system is coupled to an energy management control system, optimizing control of the cooling system and solar energy generation. It is expected to save almost 300 megawatthours per year and reduce the facility's peak demand by about 10 percent.

For more information, please contact Trina Masepohl of NREL-FEMP at 303-384-7518 or trina_masepohl@nrel.gov.