Tall Savings at Transamerica Pyramid

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Built in 1972, the 853-foot-tall Transamerica Pyramid at 600 Montgomery Street is the tallest building in San Francisco and the third tallest building in California. It’s also in the top 2% of energy-efficient commercial office buildings in the country. That’s because the 48-floor, 500,000-square-foot structure has its own power generation system. Known as a co-generation system, it provides for about 70% of the building’s electricity and all of its space heating and hot water needs. By saving 4.5 million kilowatt hours a year, the $4 million system will pay for itself after about five years.

“It’s like any other capital improvement project that will save on energy consumption,” said Doug Peterson, Able Engineering Services’ chief engineer for the Transamerica Pyramid Center since 2008. “Overall that’s good for the building, the tenants and the environment. But if you’re saving energy, you’re saving dollars too.”

Along with energy cost-cutting measures, building owners and managers implemented aggressive water-saving and waste reduction programs in an effort to raise the building’s Energy Star rating to its current score of 98 and achieve LEED-Platinum status. Increased energy and water efficiencies have resulted in $2.5 million in savings over the past 4 years, and have earned nearly $1 million in rebates from PG&E.

Congratulations to Doug, his team, and Cushman &Wakefield for their outstanding efforts in delivering to the bottom line and delivering a LEED Platinum status for O&M.

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