Resources & Conservation Center, at 1400 16th St., NW, Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® for Superior Energy Efficiency

Resources & Conservation Center, at 1400 16th St., NW, Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® for Superior Energy Efficiency

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Mar 10, 2011
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Resources & Conservation Center (RCC) located at 1400 16th St. NW, owned by Resources & Conservation Center L.P. and managed by Stout & Teague Management Corp., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency, for a second year. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

“This award is a testament to the commitment by the owners of the partnership, Resources For the Future, Inc. and CTIA-The Wireless Association, to efficient building management and to protection of the environment,” stated G. Neel Teague, President of Stout & Teague Management Corp. “This commitment began more than 20 years ago when the building was developed with the first commercial ice-storage cooling plant and high-efficiency Heat-MirrorTM windows in a commercial office building in Washington, DC.”

Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Resources & Conservation Center L.P. and Stout & Teague Management Corp., improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, ” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR, Resources & Conservation Center L.P. and Stout & Teague Management Corp. took the following actions:

– Developed the property in 1988 with a highly-efficient window and exterior wall system, and a heat recovery wheel  for waste heat from toilet exhaust;
– Took advantage of utility company incentives to replace an older chiller with a more-efficient modern machine (also eliminating a banned refrigerant);
– Replaced older emergency fixtures with LED fixtures
– Recalibrated thermostats and rebalanced air flow during tenant renovations to maintain tenant comfort while avoiding overheating or over cooling

EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.

For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings.