Commercial Building Owners Need Access to Financing for Energy Savings Projects

C. David Myers, president of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency, told state leaders that building efficiency projects, which provide guaranteed energy and budget savings, can be achieved with no upfront cost to a government facility.

Johnson Controls has disclosed its current public sector building efficiency projects in the United States are guaranteed to save more than $4.7 billion in reduced energy, water and operational costs over the next 10 years.

Additionally, it has already produced more than $19 billion in energy savings for both its public and private sector customers. Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business unit, a global leader in making public and private buildings more energy efficient, has more than 1,000 active projects in federal, state, and local government facilities across 50 states, including administration buildings, hospitals, universities, schools, airports, correctional facilities, and public housing.

C. David Myers, president of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency, recently met with a group of state governors attending the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C. Myers told the state leaders that building efficiency projects provide guaranteed energy and budget savings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and immediately create local jobs – all with no upfront cost to the government facility.

“Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Improving their performance represents a large opportunity to save energy and reduce the impact of harmful gases on the environment,” Myers said. “Leaders are already achieving substantial savings through building retrofits, and many have said they plan to place a greater emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives as they look for ways to reduce spending and create local jobs.”

In addition to the $19 billion in cost savings that Johnson Controls has already achieved for both its public and private sector customers, these projects have resulted in the reduction of more than 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide or “greenhouse gas” emissions since 2000 – roughly the same level of emissions generated from the energy use of 1.3 million homes in one year.

Public sector building improvement projects are typically funded through a performance contracting model which requires no upfront investment by the institution because the guaranteed energy savings offset the cost of facility improvements over time.

After the project has been completed, customers continue to benefit from ongoing energy and operational savings. On average, Johnson Controls’ energy efficiency projects result in annual energy savings of 20 to 40 percent. Measures used to make buildings more “green” include the installation of high efficiency HVAC equipment and control systems as well as updated lighting systems, insulation, water efficiency measures, and renewable energy solutions.

Myers said public leaders can help create local jobs for engineers, installers, technicians, and mechanics and further protect the environment by enabling legislation that will allow commercial building owners access to financing for guaranteed energy savings projects in the private sector.

“In addition to improving the performance of public buildings, our elected leaders have a tremendous opportunity to help make commercial buildings more efficient and create local jobs by providing financing vehicles and tax credits that encourage investment in private sector commercial building retrofits,” Myers said.

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