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San Diego County Taps Reno for 7.3 Million Sq Ft of Efficiency Improvements

The County of San Diego, Calif., has selected Reno Efficient Sustainable Practices to provide energy and water conservation services to over 1,100 facilities totaling 7.3 million square feet.

In conjunction with the County of San Diego Department of General Services, Reno ESP, a division of Reno Contracting launched in 2009, will employ various services including LEED consulting, whole building energy assessments, building energy/water usage analysis, distributed generation development and building commissioning services, to formulate sustainability recommendations for detailed energy and water conservation projects.

The program’s efforts encompass the County of San Diego’s entire portfolio, with over 1,100 diverse facilities such as offices, community centers, health service centers, libraries, jails, parks, and fleet garages.

Reno ESP designed a strategic leadership relationship with Brummitt Energy Associates and Environmental Building Strategies.  The wider team of specialty sub-consultants also includes Redhorse Corporation, Advanced Onsite Systems and the California Center for Sustainable Energy.
In January 2011, Reno Contracting announced that it had diverted 72 percent of its construction debris from landfills since the beginning of 2009. The construction firm said that in that period it recycled more than 60,000 tons of waste, and that more than half the projects accounting for the recycling have met or will meet “the more stringent requirements” of LEED certification.
In May last year, Reno improved its own offices’ energy efficiency by upgrading lighting. According to Reno’s web site the retrofit installed high efficiency, better quality lighting in 90 light fixtures across 15,000 square feet of office space. The company said that savings from the refit will pay for the project within six months. Natures Environmental Lights subcontracted on the week-long lighting retrofit project.
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