Sustainability is one of Sevan’s founding tenets—which is why it’s such an honor for the Walgreens team to be recognized by the Department of Energy for energy efficiency leadership for a project Sevan managed.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized a total of eight organizations for their leadership in the Better Buildings Initiative’s Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign. Since the Campaign’s inception in 2013, more than 350 participants have impacted 160,000 rooftop units, saving $110 million and more than 1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) annually.

In 2018 Sevan helped project manage the program where Walgreens installed 4,373 high-efficiency heating and cooling rooftop units, resulting in more than 39 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annual energy savings—enough for 3,622 homes, according to energy.gov.

Walgreens had the greatest number of high-efficiency RTU installations and advanced RTU control retrofits for a large portfolio owner.

The Department of Energy is working to make commercial, public, industrial and residential buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade, without compromising comfort or performance.

“This Department of Energy recognition was for fiscal year 2018 data. Since then, Sevan has continued to work with the Walgreens team to enhance the program even more,” Jay Richie, Director of Sustainability said. “Now Sevan is supporting Walgreens to ensure that the contractors performing the services are documenting the recovery of the old R22 refrigerant, as well as the recycling of the old RTUs in an environmentally responsible manner.”

Congratulations to the Walgreens team!

Sevan Team Members who participated in this project include Greta Antonetz, Brock Bales, Jenny Bates, James Costanzo, Chris Groh, Taren Heindl, Ben Nash, Erin O’Malley, Jason Paulson and Bill Spoolstra.

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