The General Services Administration has released a set of findings of a green building demonstration project conducted the U.S. Army‘s Fort Carson base with the goal of helping the Army achieve “net zero” energy by 2020.
GSA worked with Fort Carson, the Army, Defense Department and two national laboratories to analyze energy efficiency strategies Fort Carson could use to improve building systems, the agency said Wednesday.
“Part of the study analyzed how green buildings performed in areas of envelope and lighting controls, emphasizing the importance of monitoring facilities as part of building operations and maintenance programs,” said Mark Hunsicker, head of Fort Carson directorate of public works operations and maintenance division.
Colorado Springs, Colorado-based Fort Carson needs to produce as much energy as it consumes by the year 2020 under the NZE initiative, GSA said.
GSA cited thermal envelope optimization, daylighting and lighting system performance, NZE building system retrofit strategies and occupant behavior as areas of opportunity for the Army base to achieve energy efficiency.
“The agency will continue its energy and environmental performance research at other federal facilities to gain the highest return for taxpayers, reduce energy use, and mitigate the threat of climate change,” said Ruth Cox, GSA senior sustainability officer.