Plenty of Benefits from Federal Building Energy Efficiency Investment

FEDERAL buildings across the United States are benefiting from retrofitting of energy efficiency technologies and products since last year.

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has so far invested $4 billion on improving the energy efficiency of federal buildings.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), GSA was awarded $5.5 billion to make federal facilities more energy efficient. Using this money it has awarded contracts to more than 500 companies across the country for 391 projects.

Martha Johnson, Administrator of General Services, said:

“By creating a greener, higher performing federal buildings portfolio, GSA’s Recovery Act investments will save taxpayer dollars in energy efficiencies and build a more sustainable economy,”

According to US Vice President Joe Biden the investment makes financial sense, and not just from the savings:

"By delivering on-time and under-budget on these green retrofit projects, we're not only making more cost-saving building improvements than anticipated, but creating new opportunities for more than 500 companies nationwide."

Work is ongoing at hundreds of GSA Recovery Act projects across the country, including the construction of a new energy-efficient courthouse in Austin, Texas, the installation of a solar roof on the Veterans Affairs building in downtown Philadelphia, and the conversion of a former World War II munitions plant in St. Louis into a high-performance, green building.

New and significantly refurbished federal buildings will now at least qualify for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certificate, the third level under the US Green Building Council’s rating system.

Tuesday 27th April 2010

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