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$39m, 39-Building GSA Project Will Enable Remote Energy Monitoring Across Four States

Siemens Government Technologies is on schedule to complete, by October, a $39 million energy-efficiency project that will allow the federal General Services Administration to monitor and control dozens of buildings, in four states, from one location.

The contract covers 39 General Services Administration buildings across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico, the Federal Times reports. Over the course of the two-year project Siemens has installed solar PV, irrigation and lighting-control systems, water-conserving plumbing and energy-efficient lighting fixtures, heating and cooling system upgrades and building envelope improvements such as thermal pane windows and insulation.

When finished, GSA will be able to monitor and control all of the facilities’ heating, cooling, lighting, water and security systems from its Greater Southwest Region headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

The building improvements are expected to yield the equivalent of $1.7 million in guaranteed energy savings in the program’s first year — an amount expected to increase to an aggregate $2.6 million annually.

The project is part of GSA’s larger smart building strategy to reduce energy use and link about 200 of its more energy-consuming buildings across the country onto a common platform. Agencies must meet a goal of reducing energy consumption in federal buildings by 30 percent by 2015, using fiscal year 2008 as a baseline.

To this end, GSA has also awarded a contract to IBM to develop and install smart building technology in 50 of the federal government’s most energy-intensive buildings. GSA says the cloud-based system will save up to $15 million annually.

Additionally, GSA awarded a $1 million contract to water management company Phigenics for energy management planning and strategies and water conservation. The contract gives federal facilities access to Phigenics’ smart water management services, which can be used to remediate problems associated with waterborne pathogens, such as Legionella.

Earlier this month, GSA procured about 300 kWh of electricity, expected to save more than $10.8 million at federal facilities, through a series of online auctions.

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