The Division’s goal is to dramatically reduce the use of electricity and natural gas, which are the two biggest drivers of energy costs for the Agency. In addition to working to ensure cutting-edge design excellence with new construction efforts, a focal point for the Division's efforts will be maximizing the energy efficiency of existing buildings.
- Industry-leading energy monitoring to better understand the specific dynamics of energy consumption within the DGS portfolio. This effort will be central to better building management, to incentivize occupants to reduce consumption and potentially, to attract third-party capital to invest in energy efficiency upgrades.
- Energy efficiency retrofits of many millions of square feet of real estate in FY14, from improved lighting systems to high efficiency HVAC systems. Energy audits of most DGS buildings, completed in 2011, indicate over 2,000 specific Energy Conservation Measures that would significantly reduce consumption.
- Advanced building management to reduce energy consumption through sophisticated lighting and HVAC controls, system maintenance and more.
- Occupant-centered conservation efforts that incentivize energy reductions through greater transparency in energy use, competitions and engaging educational programs.