May 12, 2016

White House cites The Hartford for energy efficiency

President Obama's Better Building Initiative mentioned The Hartford for work it has done in beating its energy efficiency goals.

The insurer was one of 17 businesses, states and cities nationally that achieved their Better Buildings challenge goals four years early by improving the efficiency of their buildings or water systems by 20 percent or more.

The Hartford saw 21 percent energy reduction for its more than than 2.4 million square feet of office space. It has improved its energy performance by 21 percent in only two years, exceeding its goal of 20 percent by 2023.

Energy savings have been achieved by installing high-efficiency cooling and lighting equipment, utilizing advanced building automation, upgrading elevator motor and control systems, and optimizing building occupant density.

According to a White House announcement, through the initiative, the Department of Energy is partnering with leading organizations in every state across the country to drive increased investment in energy efficiency and overcome the barriers that prevent many organizations and consumers from capturing these benefits. Over the last five years, Better Buildings partners and energy savings have more than tripled.

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