Tuscaloosa Federal Building advances in March Madness-type battle over …

April 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The second round began Wednesday with eight buildings left in the running and ends today at 10 a.m. The Tuscaloosa Federal Building is leading the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colo., with about 54 percent of the vote.

The challenge started with 16 buildings chosen from different regions of the country to compete based on their “green” energy features.

The Tuscaloosa Federal Building features waterside economizers, which reduce electricity usage by allowing the building to be cooled with the chillers turned off during certain times of the year. Waterside economizers produce chilled water. An outside water tower is cooled by cold air, then water from the tower is used in the air conditioners instead of mechanically chilled water.

The building also features high-efficiency chillers as well as an energy recovery system, which helps reduce the load on the building’s heating and cooling systems by using the building’s exhaust air to precool and preheat incoming outside air.

According to GSA, the Tuscaloosa Federal Building demonstrated an overall energy reduction of 2.3 percent from 2012 to 2013 due to its energy features. This equaled to an annual savings of $15,353.

The Tuscaloosa Federal Building was featured in “Engineered Systems” magazine in November 2012 for the sustainability aspects of the building’s design and operation.

In May 2012, the building received a glowing review for its Greek architecture in the American Institute of Architect’s official journal, “Architect” magazine.

Jonathan Graffeo, Sen. Richard Shelby’s press secretary, said the building was built to the highest standards.

“It’s always good to gain recognition for taxpayer dollars wisely spent,” Graffeo said.

The semifinal round begins Monday at 11 a.m. and ends Thursday at 10 a.m. The final round starts at 11 a.m. Thursday and ends at 10 a.m., April 6. One vote per day is allowed during each bracket of the competition. Go to www.1.usa.gov/1h3h0Ky to vote. This competition is for entertainment and informational purposes, and the winner’s prize is bragging rights for the year.

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