Showcase Building Tours: 2019 Summit
Join us on Tuesday, July 9 for building tours of D.C.-area properties to highlight energy and other measures that make their buildings stand out.
Register for the Summit and look for details in your confirmation email to sign up for a tour. Tour reservations are required and space is limited, so make sure to sign up early! View 2019 tour locations below (click or scroll down for more details):
Arlington Central Library | AstraZeneca Gaithersburg Campus | Channel Square Apartments | Consolidated Forensic Laboratory | DaVita Alexandria Dialysis Center | D.C. Solar for All | Discovery Elementary | District Center | Manassas & Ashburn Data Centers | MGM National Harbor | National Landing | The Pearl | The Unisphere | The U.S. Capitol | Volvo Group Engine/Transmission Plant
DaVita Alexandria Dialysis Clinic
DaVita designed its new Alexandria facility with energy and water efficiency features and technologies to promote ongoing resource reduction best practices; attendees will learn how the company applied its energy and water efficiency goals to achieve a 30% reduction in gallons per treatment. For additional details, click MORE below.
DaVita provides kidney dialysis services to patients nationwide and has implemented programs at its centers to address environmental goals around energy, water, waste, buildings, and supply chain. At its newly-built Dialysis Center in Alexandria, VA, energy and water efficiency features and technologies were integrated into the design and build-out of the facility; engagement efforts like the Green Champions and Top Water Users programs promote ongoing resource reduction best practices. Attendees will tour the new facility to see these programs in action. They will also learn how DaVita achieved a 30% reduction in gallons per treatment, and how they plan to achieve an additional 30% reduction by 2020.
District Center - MetLife
District Center is a 907,540-square-foot commercial office building in the epicenter of D.C.'s east end. Tour attendees will learn how the building's systems were designed to maximize efficiency and enable next-generation workplace solutions, as well as MetLife's plans for the LEED Gold EB property. For additional details, click MORE below.
District Center is a 907,540-square-foot commercial office building in the epicenter of Washington, D.C.’s east end. The building was constructed in 1994 (South Tower) and 1998 (North Tower) and is currently LEED Gold EB certified. The Smart Building systems architecture at District Center offers next-generation amenities not found in many comparable new builds. A secured IP facility network connects all building systems and provides advanced features only available when HVAC, lighting, access control, and video surveillance systems are integrated and sharing data.
The Smart Building features at District Center provide added value through:
- Reduced O&M expense
- More efficient control of HVAC and lighting
- Real-time energy data for sustainability reporting/metrics
- A smart building platform easily leveraged by tenant improvement (TI) project teams
MGM National Harbor - MGM Resorts International
MGM National Harbor is a LEED Gold-certified waterfront resort destination that incorporates a variety of environmentally-minded practices and sustainability elements like energy-efficient systems, occupancy comfort and wellness-minded material selection, and emphasis on water management. For additional details, click MORE below.
MGM National Harbor is a 3-million-square-foot waterfront resort destination with a casino, luxury hotel, restaurants, shopping, and performance spaces. The multi-use development incorporates a variety of environmentally-minded practices and sustainability elements such as energy-efficient systems, occupancy comfort and wellness-minded material selection, preferred parking spaces for electric and high-efficiency vehicles, and emphasis on technologies and innovations to manage water. A CHP plant produces onsite power, cooling, and heating and an innovative chilled water controls optimization software helps maximize the efficiency of the central plant. LED lighting and demand control ventilation are used throughout the building. MGM National Harbor achieved LEED Gold certification in December 2016.
National Landing - JBG Smith
Tour attendees will be among the first to get an up-close look at Amazon’s HQ2 site in Northern Virginia; take a walking tour of National Landing and learn about the various sustainability, health and wellness, and energy efficiency features that are planned and underway for this massive development. For additional details, click MORE below.
National Landing is the newly-defined neighborhood in Northern Virginia selected by Amazon to house its second headquarters (HQ2). The public/private partnership between JBG Smith and Arlington County has played an essential role in the infrastructure improvement projects throughout this transit-oriented development, which will be necessary for the Route 1 corridor to accommodate HQ2. Attendees will be among the first to see the transformation up close: this walking tour will provide an exclusive look at existing buildings and new construction in the area, including the command center for all BAS systems equipped with 24/7 monitoring. The tour will also highlight the various sustainability and health and wellness features planned for this extensively-interconnected network of mass transit, airports, commuter rail, roads, bike lanes, and walking trails.
Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest commercial zero-energy building in the United States, including advanced building technologies and features like a high-performance envelope and geothermal wells. For additional details, click MORE below.
Located in downtown Silver Spring, MD, this innovative facility features advanced building technologies including photovoltaic systems, geothermal wells, a high-performance envelope, earth-coupled heating and cooling, daylight harvesting, plug load management, and thermal pool. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest commercial zero-energy building in the United States.
Attendees will spend a full day touring data centers belonging to two different Better Buildings partners, Iron Mountain Data Centers and Digital Realty, Inc., learning how each partner is implementing energy efficiency solutions. More details coming soon!
Digital Realty: Tour attendees will get to see one of the world’s largest concentrations of multi-tenant data centers and learn more about how Digital Realty works to reduce non-IT energy use and utilize emerging cooling technology. Located in Data Center Alley just outside of Washington, D.C., Digital Realty’s Ashburn Campus is comprised of 21 data center facilities totaling over 1 million square feet of white space and 450 MW of critical IT capacity. The Ashburn Campus data centers range in age from 10 years to less than 12 months. Digital Realty seeks to combine performance, reliability, and energy efficiency; by performing periodic energy audits, using real-time energy monitoring, and emphasizing operational best practices, Digital can help customers more effectively track and measure their energy consumption.
Iron Mountain: Details coming soon!
AstraZeneca Gaithersburg Campus - AstraZeneca -- Gaithersburg
AstraZeneca hosts over 3,000 employees at its Gaithersburg, MD campus, which includes R&D laboratories, pilot-scale manufacturing, and office workspace; this tour will showcase the campus’ new 2.5MW CHP system and other recent energy efficiency accomplishments. For additional details, click MORE below.
AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three therapy areas - Oncology, Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism and Respiratory. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. The Gaithersburg Campus includes R&D laboratories, pilot-scale manufacturing of biologics medicines, and office workspace and supporting site operations for AstraZeneca employees and contractors. This plant recently invested in a 2.5 MW CHP system..
The tour will be a walking tour that will showcase their campus and recent energy efficiency accomplishments. For more information on the facility, please click here.
Volvo Group Engine/Transmission Plant - Volvo Group North America
This tour will explore the production areas of Volvo’s Truck Engine and Transmission Plant in Hagerstown with an emphasis on the crankshaft grinders in the machining and finishing operation; the plant produces heavy-duty diesel engines, transmissions, and axles. For a preview, check out Volvo's video and for additional details, click MORE below.
This plant is the heart of Volvo Group vehicles, a unique team of ~1800 members combining Technology, Purchasing, and Operations. The plant produces heavy-duty diesel engines, transmissions, and axles and delivers to Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Bus, and Prevost. Volvo's employees blend powertrain engineering and innovation with lean manufacturing and automation in their 1.5 million-square-foot facility nestled on 280 acres in Hagerstown, Maryland. The site was established in 1961 and has earned capital investments in excess of $400 million since 2001. The tour will span all production areas with an emphasis on the crankshaft grinders in the machining and finishing operation.
NHT Communities achieved 20% energy savings at this apartment community in D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront; attendees will learn about the financial strategy used to fund energy efficiency improvements and tour units, the central plant, and a rooftop solar array. For additional details, click MORE below.
Join NHT Communities for a tour of Channel Square Apartments, a 223-unit apartment community in which an extensive renovation completed in 2015 has already produced $559,000 in energy savings. NHT Communities used over $300,000 in incentives from the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to implement a comprehensive bundle of efficiency measures as well as 320 kW of solar PV and a 60-therm solar hot water heater. Channel Square was originally constructed in 1968 and is located in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood, just 2 miles from the U.S. Capitol. The tour will begin with an overview of the financial strategy used to fund the improvements, followed by a visit to residential units, common spaces, the central plant, and the rooftop solar PV and solar thermal installations.
The Tower Companies built the Pearl – the first Fitwel-certified multifamily building in the world – with an emphasis on sustainability; the tour will highlight various energy- and water-saving features such as the solar array, the vegetated green roof, efficient lighting and appliances, and more. For additional details, click MORE below.
The Pearl is a multifamily building owned and managed by The Tower Companies in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With an emphasis on sustainability, the building features a variety of energy- and water-saving components such as on-site solar PV, vegetated green roofing, resident green leases, efficient lighting and appliances, an urban farm, bio filters, and much more. Come and explore the energy efficiency and health and wellness features of the first Fitwel-certified multifamily building in the world!
Arlington Central Library recently completed energy efficiency projects ranging from lighting and BAS upgrades to new chillers and boilers; tour attendees will learn how a building that is occupied 80 hours a week can reduce energy use by nearly 30% and receive a demo of the Energy Lending Library. For additional details, click MORE below.
Through its partnership with the Better Buildings Challenge, Arlington County’s Central Library has reduced overall energy use by 28% in 6 years, saving $56,000 annually, and cut its electricity consumption by 57% since 2000. The tour will highlight completed projects in the 137,000-square-foot building including lighting retrofits, an energy-efficient chiller, building automation improvements, and new condensing boilers. In addition, attendees will experience a demo of the award-winning Energy Lending Library, which allows residents to check out books, LED lights, and infrared cameras to help them become more efficient at home.
Consolidated Forensic Laboratory - District of Columbia
The Consolidated Forensics Lab is a cutting-edge, award-winning science facility designed to provide the District of Columbia with critical public safety and health science infrastructure while also incorporating energy efficiency and sustainability features into the HVAC systems, building envelope, and more. For additional details, click MORE below.
The Consolidated Forensics Lab (CFL) is a cutting-edge, award-winning science facility designed to provide the District of Columbia with critical public safety and health science infrastructure. The building meets stringent safety and reliability requirements as a first-responder facility while also being designed for LEED Platinum designation. Building energy efficiency and sustainability features include an efficient HVAC system with chilled beams, energy recovery air handling units, and a tight, energy-efficient “skin” that is used to reduce heat load on the building. The CFL has achieved 42% in water savings through best practices and the use of a runoff reclamation cistern, which reclaims up to 2 million gallons of rainwater annually.
D.C. Solar for All - District of Columbia
Tour D.C.’s first community solar project, a rooftop solar facility in the heart of the city, and learn about the Solar for All Program: a comprehensive, city-wide effort to provide benefits of solar to 100,000 low-income households and cut their energy bills in half. For additional details, click MORE below.
The District of Columbia’s Solar for All Program is a comprehensive, city-wide effort to provide the benefits of solar energy to 100,000 low-income households and reduce their energy bills by 50%. Attendees will tour D.C.’s first community solar project, developed in partnership with New Partners Community Solar, a rooftop solar facility in the heart of the District. They will learn how residents are already benefitting from this ambitious program as well as the city’s innovative strategy behind it.
Tour one of the first Zero Energy schools on the east coast – Discovery Elementary features energy and water efficiency features like solar thermal water heating, 100% LED lighting, 1,700 rooftop solar panels, a geothermal well field, and a dynamic energy dashboard. For additional details, click MORE below.
Discovery Elementary School opened in 2015 as one of the first Zero Energy schools on the east coast. As one of 23 elementary schools at Arlington Public Schools, Discovery serves 650 students from early childhood through 5th grade. The school’s zero-energy design offers opportunities for its students and staff to learn about energy efficiency and sustainability. Tour attendees will get a chance to see how a successful coordinated effort enabled a variety of energy and water efficiency features such as solar thermal water heating, 100% LED lighting, bio-retention basins, 1,700 rooftop solar panels, a geothermal well field under the school's playing field, and a dynamic energy dashboard that enhances teaching and learning.
This tour will focus on the Architect of the Capitol’s Energy and Sustainability program and the U.S. Capitol Building, where attendees will learn how the agency addresses the integration of modern technologies in historic buildings to save energy. For additional details, click MORE below.
- Date/Time: Tuesday, July 9, 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST
- Location: First St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20004; Meet at tour site -- transportation not provided
The Architect of the Capitol has reduced energy consumption by 31% over the last 10 years across its 18.4 million square feet of facilities and 570 acres of historic buildings and grounds (which include the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and a central cogeneration plant), investing $90 million in upgrades with $80 million in savings. Since achieving its 30% energy reduction goal in 2015, the agency set a new 20% reduction target for 2025. This tour will focus on AoC’s Energy and Sustainability program and the U.S. Capitol Building, where attendees will learn how they address the integration of modern technologies in historic buildings.