Richmond, VA

City of Richmond

Scope of Services
Energy Study
Energy Modeling

In September 2009, the City of Richmond, Virginia hired ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), 2RW, and S. L. King and Associates to craft a comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) designed to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy use and associated costs, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and create jobs. This EECS allowed the City of Richmond to complete its application to receive an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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Our project team focused on three key areas for the energy study:

  • Gathered, analyzed, and documented energy use and GHG emissions data to create baseline inventories.
  • Developed, prioritized, and recommend EECS project options, implementation milestones, and evaluation frameworks to meet EECBG program guidelines.
  • Created a comprehensive plan for allocating the EECBG funds to successfully execute the recommended project options to ensure that the benefits persist.

Multiple activities and upgrades were identified to improve the overall management, product recycling, and equipment life cycle. As part of the replicable process development of the EECS, 2RW conducted an energy audit and savings opportunity assessment and created a modeled baseline of energy consumption of Richmond’s City Hall. This was used to establish the savings potential of various measures to be funded with the City’s EECBG funds. The following energy efficiency improvement opportunities at City Hall were recommended for an annual energy savings of measures that potentially exceeded 5132 million BTU/year, or potential cost savings of $97,600.

  • Lighting controls, daylight harvesting and energy efficiency equipment retrofits
  • HVAC & DDC controls upgrades including central air-handler ventilation controls
  • Installation of energy management strategies and interfacing to existing BMS
  • Window film for reducing substantial solar gain in the multi-story tower
  • Installation of whole building electric meters
Scope of Services
Energy Study
Energy Modeling

OWNER: City of Richmond

TIMEFRAME: 2009 – 2010

SIZE: Varies