Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance
At a Glance
Commercial Energy Efficiency
Saket Agrawal developed a best-practices plan for evaluating and prioritizing energy efficiency strategies at DCAMM to facilitate the implementation of future projects.
Already a leader in energy management, the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is embarking on a new era of sustainability. Using the next iteration of energy intelligence system, DCAMM aims to significantly reduce energy use and cut costs at state facilities and buildings. EDF Climate Corps fellow Saket Agrawal was brought onboard to help achieve this goal by developing an ongoing commissioning plan that will capitalize on cutting-edge technology for improving building energy management practices and drive operational efficiencies.
Creating a comprehensive plan requires a firm understanding of both DCAMMS’s Energy Team project management and responsibilities, and Commonwealth goals, policies and Building Energy Intelligence (CBEI) system. To familiarizing himself, Saket spent the first half of his fellowship examining research and best practices from a variety of sources, including other state and federal agencies, private building managers and subject matter experts. He also connected with key stakeholders for better discernment.
Based on his research, Saket formulated a set of deliverables that laid out the new process for DCAMM. Apart from devising an ongoing commissioning plan, which defines the overall structure of the process, he developed an excel sheet model to demonstrate the economic and financial merits of energy improvement projects. The model prioritizes the projects based on their potential impact and can be used as a standardized method of reporting across state agencies.
Saket left DCAMM with a systematic and forward-looking energy management plan to identify and track future projects, optimized for cost and energy savings. Implementation of ongoing commissioning is expected to begin fall of 2016, and has the potential to reduce total energy use by 20% and carbon emission by 10% across the state portfolio. This will play a key role for Massachusetts in maintaining its first place status in energy efficiency and meeting its aggressive GHG reduction goal of 25% by 2020.