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Calif. DMV Retrofit Set for Summer Completion

A $130 million retrofit of the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ headquarters (pictured) in downtown Sacramento is set to conclude this summer, reports Government Technology.

The renovation project began in 2009 and is adding an energy management system, thermally-efficient windows, modifications to the interior to allow more natural light in, LED lighting and a half-megawatt solar array on the roof of the 50-year-old building.

As a result of the new technologies, the building’s energy efficiency should improve by 30-to-50 percent, the web site reports.

The retrofit, which representatives of the DMV have called the “ultimate recycling project,” is part of a wider recent trend in government buildings:

In December, the U.S. Department of State awarded Honeywell an energy savings performance contract for a project at two of its facilities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Under the contract, Honeywell will install energy efficient equipment that will that save energy to the tune of more than 25 billion Btu per year, the State Department said.

In October, the U.S. General Services Administration announced a program aimed at getting the private sector to improve the energy performance of federal buildings through the use of energy service performance contracts.

The Net Zero Challenge will see 16 energy services companies that already provide ESPCs to federal agencies compete for contracts by providing retrofit plans for approximately 30 federal buildings across the country.

Picture credit: Coolcaesar and Wikipedia

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