FM Cost Trends

10/25/2016 |

Commercial Buildings Lag Government Buildings in Energy Conservation

The latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals that commercial buildings owned by government agencies (federal, state and local) have reduced their energy consumption at a much faster rate than that of commercial buildings overall.

According to EIA’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), government buildings decreased consumption 23% from 2003 through 2012, dropping from 105,300 BTUs per square foot to 81,200 BTUs. Over the same period, energy consumption across all commercial buildings decreased only 12%, from 91,000 BTUs to 80,000 BTUs per square foot (Chart 1). About 14% of U.S. commercial buildings are owned by a government agency.

Governments at all levels have passed legislation and adopted energy goals and targets, and government buildings are more likely to have taken formal actions to reduce energy.  For example, building automation systems that automatically control lighting and HVAC are operating in approximately one-third of government buildings, more than twice the rate of nongovernment buildings (Chart 2). Formal energy management plans are much more common in government buildings (27%) than nongovernment buildings (8%). Upgrades of HVAC and lighting are also more likely to have taken place in government buildings.

In 2015 President Obama signed an executive order that requires a reduction in federal building energy intensity of 2.5% annually between 2015 and 2025.

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See how professionals like you are taking advantage of the highest performing precision cooling system for their computer rooms and data centers, and why Data Aire is fast-becoming the number one choice for facility managers and building owners looking to decrease their energy consumption. 

Data Aire understands how digital technology and data gravity is rapidly impacting and transforming businesses. That’s why they developed ultra-efficient cooling technology to support the most modern (and not-so-modern) data centers.  Learn how One Wilshire in Los Angeles, one of the most advanced carrier hotels today, is surpassing California's strict energy efficiency requirements with Data Aire’s purpose-built system, which provide full-economization for 260 days – almost 72% of the year. That’s a measurable savings! Furthermore, the projected PUE on an annual basis for a full load is at or below 1.2.


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