City of Margate Achieves Better Buildinfs Challenge Energy Savings Goal
This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized the City of Margate for achieving its energy savings goal as a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge. The City of Margate has achieved energy savings of 21% due to greater efficiency efforts across its building portfolio. The organization is one of the market leaders partnering with DOE to set portfolio-wide energy savings goals and share their efficiency strategies on the Better Buildings Solution Center.
“I am pleased to recognize the City of Margate for achieving its Better Buildings Challenge goal,” said Daniel R Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE. “Through their commitment to affordable, efficient energy, our goal achievers are displaying leadership and demonstrating the potential for public-private partnerships to drive energy cost savings in buildings and our communities.”
The City of Margate focused on using high-efficiency equipment to replace older equipment as an opportunity to save energy and improve efficiency across 120 thousand-square feet of its building portfolio. City facilities were reviewed and inefficient equipment and fixtures such as HVAC, lighting, and pumps were identified for replacement. The City then used its existing budget process to replace the identified equipment and fixtures with energy efficient options. The City also reviewed replacement and refurbishment projects to ensure that the work being done increased the energy efficiency of the facility. For example, when re-roofing a building, cool roofing material is utilized to reduce the cooling load on the facility.
“We are proud of being named a Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achiever by the Department of Energy,” said Margate Mayor Tommy Ruzzano. “The City has not only achieved our 2020 goal, but we have exceeded our 2023 goal of reducing our energy use by 20%. With Public Works as the main Department working on our buildings, this achievement is the result of a team effort by ALL City Departments.”
The Better Buildings Challenge is one component of the Better Buildings Initiative, through which DOE partners with 950 public and private sector organizations to drive cost-effective and proven strategies to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s buildings, plants, and homes. To date, nearly $11 billion and 1.8 quadrillion British thermal units (Btus) of energy have been saved by partners in Better Buildings.
Through Better Buildings, DOE aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Discover more than 2,800 proven solutions from Better Buildings, Better Plants partners in the Better Buildings Solution Center.