Paul Gordon

Architect of the US Capitol

Resource Efficiency Management

Location: Washington, D.C.
Owner: Architect of the US Capitol

SEA provides engineering and technical support services for the Architect of the US Capitol (AOC) in the form of Resource Efficiency Management (REM) services in the Office of Security Programs (OSP). The AOC is responsible for 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 460 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill for the United States Congress and the Supreme Court. The OSP is responsible for the maintenance, care and operation of the buildings, grounds and security enhancements of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) and other AOC facilities including the Capitol Building, House and Senate Office Buildings, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, Botanic Gardens and other related facilities.

SEA participated in drafting and finalizing the AOC’s Annual Energy Report and the Greening the Capitol Initiative Report. At the direction of the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader, the Greening the Capitol Initiative includes broad efforts to address greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, water management, and indoor air quality. SEA advised AOC on comprehensive sustainable business practices and provided assistance with essential components of the sustainability plan, including energy conservation, water resource management, landscape practices, improved transit, and sustainable food services. To achieve environmental goals or renewable energy objectives, the SEA team analyzes lower-polluting and renewable energy options, including Renewable Energy Credits (REC) as well as the full spectrum of renewable energy source technologies like solar/photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, biomass and other waste to energy technologies.

SEA provided expert consulting services for the US Capitol Police’s K9 facility making it the first AOC facility to achieve the EPA’s Energy Star Rating. The Energy Star rating recognizes buildings and plants that incorporate proven energy management strategies. SEA’s Resource Efficiency Manager (REM) was an integral part in this accomplishment. SEA identified opportunities to conserve energy. The US Capitol Police K-9 building is a state-of-the-art facility, which is comprised of offices for police and staff, along with a classroom designed to enhance the education and capabilities of the K-9 handlers. The facility was remodeled in 2003 to include many energy conservation systems and components. Since that time, other new building systems, such as roof insulation, heat recovery, new heat pump units, retrofitted lighting, LED lighting and automated HVAC scheduling have been implemented. The grounds include parking and an enclosed park-like setting where the police dogs are trained.

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