IBM Lands GSA Smart Buildings Contract
The U.S. General Services Administration awarded IBM a contract to install smart building technology in 50 federally owned buildings.IBM (NYSE: IBM) has won a U.S. General Services Administration contract to develop and install advanced smart building technology in 50 of the federal governments highest energy-consuming buildings. This project is part of GSAs larger smart building strategy and will connect building management systems to a central cloud-based platform, improving efficiency and saving up to $15 million in taxpayer dollars annually, IBM said.
Commercial buildings account for nearly 40 percent of the United States primary energy use, and GSA owns nearly 182 million square feet of office space nationwide. GSA's plan to meet the requirements of President Obamas Executive Order 13514 includes a goal of reducing energy consumption in federal buildings by 30 percent by 2015.
GSA is implementing a smart building strategy and working aggressively to modernize existing buildings and establish new standards for design and construction in order to achieve department and administration goals of energy efficiency and sustainability while still providing superior workplaces for federal customer agencies at good economies to the American taxpayer. The strategy will build on a solid history, enable staff and existing plans to take a holistic view of buildings, including building systems, occupants, the environment, energy sources, operating policy, and capital and operating expenses. The strategy will be applied to existing inventory or buildings and projects but also specifically address projects and planning related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.