Old Buildings Can Achieve High Marks

Buildings can achieve high energy performance regardless of age, according to the latest study from the U.S. General Services Administration.

The Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, built in 1918, is now one of the nation’s most energy‐efficient historic buildings, thanks to GSA’s building modernization completed in 2013. Building updates included installation of a variable refrigerant flow HVAC system and a geothermal heat pump—all work SMACNA members can perform.

In a recent GSA study detailing the impact of high‐performance buildings in the federal government, the findings demonstrate the value of high‐performance buildings as part of the federal government’s building portfolio. The study compares 100 GSA high performance buildings to 100 GSA buildings that have not been upgraded and looks at actual performance data in five key metrics over three years. As GSA is the single largest owner/operator of office space in the United States, federal work has long been a vibrant market for SMACNA contractors, GSA will leverage the results of this study to promote cost savings, technology advancement, and operational excellence in our nation’s federal buildings. These findings can help federal, state, and local agencies understand the benefits of tracking and reporting building performance data and investing in higher‐performance building portfolios.

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