U.S. Department of Energy Study
[EN6] In fall of 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded approximately $15 million for a new, national study to speed market adoption of current technologies and design solutions that yield significant, measurable savings for commercial buildings.
The DOE solicited proposals from national laboratories to achieve cost-effective energy savings of 50% above ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 for new commercial building designs and 30% for retrofits of existing buildings. The labs targeted major retailers, financial institutions and real estate firms as partners in the study; ProLogis was included in a proposal from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), one of the nation's leading laboratories for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.
As part of the study, we committed to working with NREL to review typical warehouse design specifications and enhancements using computer-run simulations that identify the impacts of design and technology changes on energy use. So far, we have attended meetings with the DOE, NREL and other participants, and will focus our 2009 efforts on the retrofit building. From the ProLogis perspective, we hope to gain knowledge of cost-effective upgrades we can use to greatly improve the energy performance of our existing portfolio, while also helping to improve the energy efficiency of the commercial building stock as a whole. (http://ir.prologis.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=337189)