Honeywell Wins $11.6M Energy Efficiency Contract

Honeywell Wins $11.6M Energy Efficiency Contract

The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) awarded an $11.6 million contract to Honeywell to implement an energy-efficiency program that will bring renewable energy and infrastructure upgrades to the agency's facilities.

The agency will recoup the investment because the program is expected to save $1.8 million in energy costs annually.

"Working with our local and state partners, including Denver's Greenprint Denver and the Governor's Energy Office, we quickly saw the enormous impact a program like this could have," said DHA Executive Director Ismael Guerrero in a statement. "It will allow us to address a variety of maintenance needs, reduce rising operating costs and decrease our environmental footprint. More importantly, the program empowers our residents to be a part of the solution to the overall energy problem."

The first phase, to be completed in August of 2008, involves traditional infrastructure upgrades to 940 buildings that include hi-rise apartments, single-family homes and offices.

The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems will be targeted for improvements, including the installation of new boilers and furnaces and sealing buildings to prevent the loss of hot and cold air. Honeywell will upgrade the plumbing systems with aerators for better water conservation. Residents’ refrigerators and the existing fluorescent lights will be replaced with more energy efficient models.

The first phase will reduce annual energy use by 25 percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 5.6 million pounds per year. The plan falls in line with the Greenprint Denver initiative which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent by 2012.

In the second phase, Honeywell will install geothermal HVAC system in the Hirschfiled hi-rise apartment building. The system will cool the facility in the summer by dispersing the building heat into the ground while in the winter, it will heat the facility by tapping into the naturally stored energy in the earth’s crust. Roof and windows also will be replaced.

Honeywell will hire some DHA residents for construction and offer educational seminars.

"We worked closely with Honeywell to identify the conservation measures that would provide the most value, both financially and environmentally," said Dan Warner, DHA administrator of maintenance and quality control. “We were able to incorporate a number of potential projects into this contract, which will allow us to focus future resources toward other important areas.”