U.S. military barracks in Virginia reduces energy use by 30 percent

October 6, 2011

The new 83,750-square-foot military barracks, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, located in Fort Myer, Virginia, opened in July 2011 and is a model of energy efficiency, according to Contractor Magazine.

Energy use at this facility has been reduced by more than 30 percent, compared with other barracks that have been build recently. The building was constructed with an adherence to sustainability and has implemented a number of energy efficient technologies to reduce the carbon footprint and electricity costs.

According to the magazine, the building is aiming for the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification, and is the product of a joint-construction effort.

"Its capacity is sufficient, ease of maintenance, and ease of installation," a contractor on the project told the magazine. "Also, the government required to have 30 percent of the domestic hot water load by solar."

The Department of Energy is also working on reducing the carbon footprint for structures in the U.S., as the organization is looking to reduce the up to 40 percent of total energy consumption for America that is caused by commercial buildings.

The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC) will serve as a living laboratory for the design and development of energy efficient buildings and technology.