Better Buildings Challenge SWAP: Boston vs. Atlanta
The U.S. Department of Energy conducted a videotaped energy efficiency contest between Boston and Atlanta.
Engineers and energy officials from Atlanta looked for energy efficiency opportunities at Boston Public Library; the Joseph F. Casazza Public Works Facility where the City's vehicles are maintained; and Boston's streetlights.
Boston engineers looked for opportunities at Atlanta's airport, fire stations, a water treatment complex,
You can see the three entertaining, 8-10 minute videos
. Some of the recommendations that came from the contestants:
- Conduct quarterly energy walks to identify building operation issues, behavioral issues (staff leaving machines running, etc.), and opportunities for improvement.
- Use performance contracts to finance projects when capital budget funding isn't available,
- Install more variable frequency drives.
- Take advantage of natural light by using dimmable lights and lighting controls.
What struck me was that having engineers review each other's buildings was a valuable exercise. Each side found opportunities that their peers overlooked.