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Westboro company saving DC energy.

Byline: Priyanka Dayal

A Westboro-based company has begun work on a $34 million contract to make federal government buildings in Washington, D.C., more energy efficient.

The project includes infrastructure upgrades in the Rayburn, Longworth, Cannon and Ford House Office Buildings - where members of Congress and their staffs work - as well as the House Page Dormitory.

Energy services company Noresco, a subsidiary of Farmington, Conn.-based Carrier Corp., will complete the upgrades over 30 months.

The work includes upgrading lighting controls and nearly 33,000 lighting fixtures; upgrading heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls; installing new low-flow restroom fixtures, faucets and showerheads; replacing steam traps in some buildings and building a green roof in the central courtyard of the Cannon building.

The project was announced in news releases from Noresco and the architect of the Capitol. According to Noresco, the infrastructure improvements will pay for themselves through more than $67 million in reduced energy and water consumption costs over the term of the project.

Once the project is finished, the House Office Buildings are expected to see total energy consumption reduce by 23 percent and total water consumption by 32 percent. About $3.3 million in annual energy savings is predicted.

In a news release, Stephen T. Ayers, acting architect of the Capitol, said, "By practicing efficient energy management, we save taxpayer dollars, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment and natural resources.... This public-private partnership will help us achieve very significant energy reductions over the next several years."

The upgrades are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 9,500 tons a year, equivalent to removing 1,700 cars from the roads annually, or planting more than 2,600 acres of trees.

The energy savings contract is part of the government's plan to reduce energy use in federal buildings.

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CUTLINE: The Cannon House office building in Washington, D.C.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Mar 12, 2010
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