An estimated $100 million worth of energy leaks from U.S. Department of Defense buildings each year. Identifying the source of this wasted energy has historically required manual thermal audits that are typically inconvenient, time-consuming and expensive. At the same time, Executive Order (EO) 13423, “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management,” requires that federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, improve energy efficiency by 30% relative to 2003 energy use by the end of 2015. Moreover, Executive Order (EO) 13514, signed in 2009, has further expanded the energy reduction and environmental performance requirements for federal agencies identified in EO 13423.
The pressure placed on federal agencies to reduce dramatically the amount of energy wasted by their buildings requires energy efficiency providers to develop, test and implement innovative solutions that enable federal agencies to achieve cost-effective efficiency at much greater scale. As a result, Essess is working closely with the Department of Defense to use its drive-by thermal imaging capabilities to scan military bases in widely varying U.S. geographies in order to identify the optimal building stock and portfolio of cost-effective improvements to achieve the 30% reduction goal by 2015.
The transformation of energy loss identification from manual to drive-by scanning can improve the economics of building stock intelligence gathering by an order of magnitude. As such, Essess believes this technology innovation is critical to all government and military entities that need to know how to allocate wisely their energy efficiency budgets. The kind of intelligence Essess’ thermal imaging system provides is critical to avoid a “shot in the dark” approach in which it is impossible to calculate meaningful ROI and expected benefits of particular efficiency investments. If you work for a government or military entity seeking greater intelligence around its building stock in order to drive a more precise understanding of energy efficiency opportunities and strategies, then we would love to hear from you.