FRAMINGHAM, Mass., and WASHINGTON — Ameresco Inc. announced that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has entered into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Ameresco for four federal buildings in Washington, District of Columbia, as part of the GSA’s National Deep Energy Retrofit Program. The contract, valued at $72.2 million, is designed to provide facility-wide energy and water conservation measures at several GSA-owned buildings, including the historic William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building, which operates as the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Ameresco is excited to partner with the GSA in implementing this expansive deep energy retrofit project in the nation’s capital,” said Nicole A. Bulgarino, senior vice president and general manager, federal solutions, Ameresco. “This project pioneers in the area of deep energy retrofits and will enhance the overall sustainability and functionality of these large federal buildings in Washington, D.C.”

Under the ESPC, Ameresco will also address the headquarters buildings of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Twenty-four energy conservation measures will be implemented across 3.2 million square feet, including the installation of 35,822 high-efficiency LEDS and smart building controls across all buildings.

Ameresco will also implement advanced building envelope solutions, including the installation of double pane windows at the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. At the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Ameresco will implement groundwater harvesting for cooling tower and fountain water make-up, as well as utilize groundwater to remove heat from the condenser water loop at the building.

Combined, the integrated measures will reduce total water consumption of the federal buildings by 54 percent and will reduce total energy consumption of the federal buildings by 40 percent. As a result of the project, the GSA is expected to save more than $120 million over the 22-year term of the ESPC.

Construction on the project is scheduled to be completed in early 2019. All buildings will continue to be fully occupied during the construction period.

The GSA National Deep Energy Retrofit (NDER) program began in 2012 and supports the GSA’s commitment to the Presidential Performance Contracting Challenge, as well as Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. This is the third NDER project Ameresco has been selected by the GSA to implement under the program.

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Publication date: 10/10/2016

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