Rocky Mountain Institute Showcases Embassy Managua’s

Building materials. (State Dept.)Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 26, 2015

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a world-renowned research organization dedicated to the efficient and restorative use of natural resources, showcased U.S. Embassy Managua’s Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) along with five other federal projects in their most recent report for the General Services Administration (GSA) that focused on innovative ideas and cutting-edge best practices in the federal ESPC industry.

ESPCs improve facility performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions without capital outlays through the use of unique public-private partnerships. By leveraging private investment, ESPC projects create and sustain new technical expertise, manufacturing capacity, and skilled jobs. In addition to safeguarding taxpayer resources, ESPCs protect our environment by reducing dependence on fossil fuels, a key component of addressing climate change.

In 2014, working with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), Lockheed Martin completed an ESPC at the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. The combined energy efficiency measures including renewable power generation represent an approximate 54% reduction of baseline energy consumption across nine buildings. An additional project phase currently in development would build toward net-zero energy use.

This ESPC project is one of five active projects on which OBO is working, in close collaboration with the Department of Energy, to reduce electrical energy costs.

The full report is available at: http://www.rmi.org/gsaretrofits

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities should represent U.S. values and the best in U.S. architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at FousheeCT@state.gov or (703) 875-4131, or visit www.state.gov/obo.