Energy Awareness

Energy Manager - Phan Nguyen
MAF Energy Engineer - Donald Thompson


MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

As the need to conserve natural resources and limited budget dollars increases, NASA and MAF are under increasing pressure to reduce energy consumption. This endeavor is definitely a team effort, requiring each person to evaluate how they use energy in the workplace.

While savings can be accomplished through large projects such as lighting retrofits and equipment replacement, the efforts of individuals can also have a significant impact on energy consumption. Simple tasks play a part in reducing energy consumption. Some of these tasks include:

• turning off lights when leaving a room
• not propping open exterior doors
• not setting thermostats too high or too low (72 °F or above in the cooling mode and 74 °F or less in the heating mode)
• coordinating HVAC equipment operation with building occupancy schedules

As we move forward in meeting federal mandates and taxpayer expectations, your participation is very much appreciated. Let’s do all we can to protect the resources with which we are entrusted.


Energy Conservation Terms

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Energy Conservation Links:

  • Executive Order 13693 (Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade)
    Highlights:
    • Energy – reduce energy intensity by 2.5% annually relative to a FY 2015 baseline
    • Energy – install advanced energy meters in data centers by FY 2018; reduce data center Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) to 1.5 or lower in existing data centers and less than 1.4 in new data centers
    • Renewable Energy – the use of clean energy (renewable and alternative) shall not be less than 10% in FY 2016 and increasing to not less than 25% in FY 2025
    • Water – install water meters on agency buildings
    • Building Performance – identify a percentage of buildings that will meet the Guiding Principles requirements. Begin designing and constructing buildings that are net-zero.
  • Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
    Highlights:
    • new construction to utilize 55% less fossil fuel energy than a typical and similar building;
    • install advanced natural gas and steam meters;
    • utilize solar water heaters; and
    • conduct energy audits on at least 25% of facilities annually.
  • Energy Policy Act of 2005
    Highlights:
    • new construction to be 30% more efficient than ASHRAE 90.1;
    • generate or purchase renewable energy;
    • reduce energy consumption by 2% annually in existing buildings;
    • install advanced electrical meters; and establishes renewable energy usage targets.