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Kansas courthouse takes energy award

Dec. 18, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By MICHAEL HARDY   |   Comments
The U.S. Courthouse in Wichita, originally the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, is distinguished by its modern facade and Depression-era murals. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of a group of Kansas Post Offices noted for their artwork. GSA image
The U.S. Courthouse in Wichita, originally the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, is distinguished by its modern facade and Depression-era murals. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of a group of Kansas Post Offices noted for their artwork. GSA image ()

The United States Court House in Wichita, Kan., has won the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award, bestowed by the Energy Department. The General Services Administration owns the building.

The award program encourages agencies to reduce the energy their buildings consume. The courthouse cut its energy intensity energy consumed per gross square foot by 20 percent, according to DOE. That led to a $40,000 savings in utility costs over the 12-month competition period.

GSA attained the savings by retuning building control systems and training the building staff on more energy-efficient building management techniques. The program also included encouragement for employees to reduce energy waste. The building is 80 years old.

The building competed against entries from the Army, Air Force, State Department and DOE itself.

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