Fast Facts


Image of Milwaukee County Seal

# Buildings Enrolled
2

Size
442,021 sq ft

Building Type
Office
Courthouse/Detention Facility

Website
county.milwaukee.gov

Joined Pledge
2016

Goals:
20% reduction in Energy Use Intensity by 2026

Baseline
2014


Program Participation

Knowledge Icon Energy Assessment Icon Projects/O&M Icon
Financing and Incentives Icon Occupant Engagement Icon Networking and Education Icon

 

Project Types

Lighting Project Completed Icon Plug Loads and Controls Project Completed Icon Building Envelope Project Completed Icon
HVAC Project Completed Icon On-Site Generation Project Completed Icon Water Project Completed Icon

 

Building Contact

Gordie Bennett

Sustainability Director

Milwaukee County

Facilities Management Division

Gordon.Bennett@milwaukeecountywi.gov

414-278-4837


Why Participate?

 

Take the Challenge

Get Started

Milwaukee County

Energy is a critical component of Milwaukee County's sustainability efforts. Historically, the County has spent $18-20 million per year on the electricity, natural gas, steam, and chilled water used in its facilities. To save energy and reduce costs, the County has adopted a multi-pronged approach, emphasizing conservation, efficiency, and building footprint reduction. Since 2007, Milwaukee County has received over $1 million in Focus on Energy incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Milwaukee County oversees 877 buildings encompassing 12.9 million square feet and has enrolled two of its largest buildings in the Better Buildings Challenge:

Photo of Chris Abele, Milwaukee County ExecutiveEnergy efficiency is smart business because it not only saves money; but it also creates jobs, reduces air pollution, and makes buildings more healthy and comfortable. By participating with the Better Buildings Challenge, local building owners and property managers can improve their operations while fostering positive change in our community.

Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Executive

 

Energy Performance

The ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® account for Milwaukee County is run by its Office of Sustainability. At JJC and the Coggs Center, energy use has increased relative to the County's baseline year of 2014. The increase may be due to changes in building occupancy and operating hours at JJC, as well as a chiller failing at the Coggs Center in 2016. While the chiller was being replaced, a less efficient cooling system was temporarily used. 

Chart of Milwaukee County's weather normailized source energy use intensity for buildings enrolled in the Better Buildings Challenge

Completed Projects

Since 2009, Milwaukee County has implemented over $1 million in energy upgrades at JJC and the Coggs Center through minor renovations, capital improvements, and performance-based contracting. The upgrades, which included building envelope, lighting, and HVAC improvements as well as the addition of a solar-powered domestic water heating system, are saving the County an estimated $200,000 in energy costs per year.

The types of projects implemented by Milwaukee County are listed below. More information can be found on the building profile where the project was completed.

Lighting Project Completed Icon Plug Loads and Controls Project Completed Icon Building Envelope Completed Icon HVAC Project Completed Icon Appliances and Equipment Project Not Completed Icon On Site Generation Completed Icon Water Project Completed Icon
Lighting

Plug Loads
& Controls

Building
Envelope

HVAC

Appliances
& Equipment

On-Site
Generation

Water

Lighting

Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center

  • LED lighting

Plug Loads & Controls

Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center

  • Building Automation System (BAS) upgrade
  • Upgraded from pneumatic to Direct Digital Controls (DDC)

Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center

  • Building Automation System (BAS) upgrade
  • Air Handling Unit (AHU) upgraded to Direct Digital Controls (DDC)

Envelope

Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center

  • New roof + insulation
  • Low-e film on windows

HVAC

Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center

  • VAV upgrade
  • Air Handling Unit (AHU) upgrades including economizers and high-efficiency supply fan motors

Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center

  • New chiller plant and boilers

On-Site Generation

Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center

  • Solar thermal hot water

Water

Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center

  • Water-efficient toilets, urinals, and faucets

Future Plans

As part of its commitment to the Better Buildings Challenge, Milwaukee County plans to pursue additional energy upgrades at the Coggs Center and JJC.

The official City of Milwaukee logo.

Web & Email Policies | Web Accessibility | Web Contact Us

Copyright © 2016 City of Milwaukee

top