Sustainable Buildings and Operations Case Studies

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James Campbell Company 4100 Building

James Campbell Company’s 4100 North Fairfax building was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Gold certification in October 2012. The building, located in Arlington, Virginia, is a 280,000 sq. ft., 13 story multi-tenant commercial office building.

SSC managed the LEED certification process and worked collaboratively with the project team to transform the existing building into a high performance, occupant focused space. SSC utilized over 11 years of expertise in green building and corporate sustainability to develop building policies that optimized building performance, and also coordinated implementation with building management and vendors. As part of the project, SSC also completed ENERGY STAR certification and performed ASHRAE Level I and II Energy Audits to further reduce utility consumption.

Several steps were taken to increase the building’s energy performance and ensure a safe and productive indoor environment. A Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) system was recently installed to reduce heating and cooling demands and supply healthy levels of fresh air to tenants. Management has also implemented an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Program in which third-party experts annually perform IAQ testing to ensure optimum air quality. Studies show a positive correlation between IAQ improvements and gains in employee health and productivity.

In order to optimize the performance of the building, measures were taken to ensure efficient water and energy usage. 4100 North Fairfax purchases renewable energy to cover 100% of building electricity demands. As a result, tenants may take credit for 100% renewable energy for their respective suites. A plumbing fixture retrofit has been completed to reduce water consumption.

In alignment with James Campbell Company’s commitment to ongoing improvement, 4100 North Fairfax is enrolled in Sustainable Solutions Corporation’s Building Performance Improvement Program (BPIP). This program not only provides ongoing support and continuous improvement, but helps to standardize and simplify building performance throughout the building owner’s portfolio.

Realized Results

  • The Building Performance Improvement Program developed by SSC reduced energy consumption by 20%; and overall, operational improvements have resulted in a total savings of $140,000 to date.
  • The building has been ENERGY STAR certified for the past 4 years with an improved ENERGY STAR score of 86 versus a previous 62.
  • Although results vary from building to building, after four years, the increasing return on investment for this project is approximately 7 times the initial investment for the sustainable buildings and operations analysis.
  • Building achieved LEED Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB: O&M) Gold Certification in October 2012.

“When we realized that we could provide an energy efficient space that also offered the highest level of occupant comfort, we set our goals high. As a direct result of our efforts, we have seen bottom line results from increased efficiency and occupant retention.”

Moscha Koronias, Senior Real Estate Manager
CB Richard Ellis, Inc.