DLA Distribution honored with Energy award

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Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Oklahoma City, Okla., was honored with the 2016 Federal Energy and Water Management Award in December for implementing a process to convert existing steam heating to a more efficient natural gas heating system in eight of its facilities.

The award, presented by the Federal Energy Management Program in conjunction with the Interagency Energy Management Task Force, serves to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to energy and water efficiency within the federal government.

The project at DLA Distribution Oklahoma City included the replacement of steam unit heaters with infrared radiant heaters in warehouse areas, comprising the majority of the space, and replacement of steam to hot water converters with high-efficiency condensing hot water boilers for office and service areas.

The project also implemented energy conservation measures in eight buildings and an additional six identified through an audit, including: T5HO (high output) fluorescent lighting; lighting controls; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades; efficient IR gas heaters; premium efficiency motors; direct digital controls; programmable thermostats; insulation upgrades; low-flow aerators; and advanced electric and gas meters to better track energy consumption.

In only the first six months, the project reduced energy use by 27 percent and saved nearly $700,000 in utilities from the prior year.