Imagine the amount of energy a Washington community of 3,500 homes consumes in a single year – taking into account heating, cooling, lighting… the works.
That’s equivalent to the energy Boeing employees in the Pacific Northwest and across the company saved last year during Boeing’s annual Battle of the Buildings competition, which helped the company reduce its energy use by 1.6 percent. The energy reductions stemmed from a host of projects that ranged from simply turning off lights and equipment, to projects with bigger effects like partnering with Paint Operations to adjust ventilation system motors and improve processes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized Boeing for the ninth consecutive year with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Requirements for receiving the award get more difficult each year, so employees are proud of the achievement.
Facilities maintenance teams in Washington and elsewhere have consistently focused on improving building operations and efficiencies.
“Consider the impact teams have had in just a year,” said Beth Gilbertson, Renton utilities and conservation specialist. “The heating, ventilation and air conditioning projects they implemented delivered energy savings, reduced maintenance costs and allowed employees to enjoy cooler temperatures.”
By Mick Boroughs