Airport Gardens Receives Award for Reducing Energy Costs

Street view of ReEnergize Reno participant Airport Gardens, a 75,000 square foot office building

Since the launch of ReEnergize Reno in 2017, the program has welcomed participants who are dedicated to improving the efficiency of their commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings 20% by 2025. The goals of the program are to cut energy and water waste in large buildings, and reduce water pollution. In our region, commercial buildings are the greatest source of climate pollution, accounting for 38% of our total carbon emissions. That is why it’s so important for businesses in our community to commit to reducing their energy usage and helping to build Reno’s clean energy economy and future.

Feature Property: Airport Gardens

ReEnergize Reno participant, Airport Gardens, a 75,000 square foot office building located near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, features a three-story interior atrium housing tall plants and a fish pond. In addition, the offices are lit with daylight because of the large, angled windows incorporated into the original building design. Though the building featured an innovative design at the time it was built, it required renovations to improve building performance. The owner, Hawley MacLean, began upgrades nine years ago. The three main goals of Airport Gardens’ efficiency strategy were to: reduce utility gas and electric bills, minimize stress on an aging 30-year old physical plant, and improve tenant comfort and building appeal. Upgrades to LED lighting and renovations to the HVAC systems allowed the owner to achieve these goals.

“In 2010, Airport Gardens’ utility costs were nearly $11,000 a month. Since then, the building has seen a significant reduction in its energy and maintenance costs, saving around $4,000 per month,” Dr. James Parker, Energy Manager.

Businesses like Airport Gardens are also benchmarking energy and water usage through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. By doing so, they can possibly achieve an ENERGY STAR certification. To achieve ENERGY STAR certification a building must earn an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher. The score means the building performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. Learn how to apply for an ENERGY STAR certification.

Airport Gardens will receive the ReEnergize Reno Champion Project award at the City of Reno’s 2nd Annual Green Building Award Program on May 23, 2019.

For a full list of ReEnergize Reno participants.

By: Faith Delfin, Sustainability Intern and student at the University of Nevada, Reno

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