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Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings
CCHRC published a number of reports on the Energy Efficicency of Public Buildings in Alaska in cooperation with AHFC. Click the links below to read the reports.
This paper builds on work done in the White Paper, expanding the amount of data analyzed to increase the confidence of the energy use and cost metrics used, and investigating the potential causes of differences in energy efficiency between public buildings that have received energy audits.
This paper provides an analysis of Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) energy audits in an effort to understand the possible recommendations for and effects of energy efficiency retrofits in rural Alaska. One of the major findings of this analysis is that the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures are often changes to operations and maintenance procedures or retrofits that can be done primarily with local labor.
The cost of energy for schools can be a burden to communities throughout the state. This report details the analysis of energy use and cost and provides recommendations for energy efficiency. The majority of public schools in the state are represented in this analysis with investment-grade energy audit data for approximately 38% of schools and benchmarked utility data for an additional 29%.
This report addresses the approximately 400 public facilities, out of an estimated 5,000 in Alaska, which have received an energy audit. Owners of these buildings have received detailed lists of energy efficiency measures and payback information to guide their investment decisions. Investing in these retrofits would save building owners an average of $21,000/year in energy costs for a cumulative savings of $8.7 million per year. Similar savings can likely be found in the remaining public buildings that have not yet been audited. Altogether, these identified and potential savings represent a significant opportunity for Alaskans.
This appendix includes the details of the cost-effective annual savings that were identified by energy auditors in public buildings throughout Alaska and what the payback would be for installing those measures. The information is presented by building usage type, ANCSA region, and by individual building.