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ABM aims to cut energy, operating costs in Southern California federal buildings by $48M

Ben Welter - Friday, October 16, 2015

Facilities management provider ABM Industries has signed a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration to begin a second phase of energy and facility improvements to federal buildings in California, including the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles, the U.S. Social Security Building in Huntington Park, the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Santa Ana and the 300 North Los Angeles (NLA) Building. According to ABM:

"In all, ABM's Bundled Energy Solutions program guarantees savings of at least $48.4 million in energy and operating costs over the next 20 years through its innovative, long-term financing solution, reducing the buildings' energy use by 38 percent. ABM recently completed the first phase of the multi-million dollar contract for GSA which centered on retrofitting the central plant's HVAC system and upgrading building automation controls to regulate energy usage. This upgrade is expected to reduce energy consumption by 25 percent. The central plant is shared by the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and the 300 NLA Building."

Conservation measures include LED lighting, transformer upgrades, solar window tinting and phase change technology that will help save energy by absorbing and releasing heat, offsetting heating and cooling loads in the NLA Building.


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