Virginia Beach Visitors Center
2100 Parks Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
With more than 50,000 visitors annually, the Visitor Information Center is often the first stop guests make as they enter the resort area, and is an important component of the Convention & Visitors Bureau's efforts to make Virginia Beach a "Green Destination."
Due for upgrades on the 20-year-old building, the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center staff members partnered with the Department of Public Works and completed the following actions to make the building more energy efficient:
-- Replaced the heating and air conditioning system
-- Upgraded exterior parking lot fixtures and wall fixtures with energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology
-- Improved interior lighting with T-8 CFLs and LED fixtures, as well as motion activated sensors that shut off lights during inactivity
-- Installed programmable thermostats with the new HVAC units allowing temperature setbacks during unoccupied periods
-- Installed timers on water heaters ? so water is only heated when the building is occupied
-- Installed switches for the conference room promotional light boxes, allowing them to be turned off when the building is unoccupied
-- Eliminated a vending machine
-- Disconnected unnecessary electric strip heaters
Before the retrofits, the VIC had a baseline ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 28. That ENERGY STAR score rose to 82 by December 2011, after the energy retrofits were completed. This equated to an energy usage drop of approximately 38 percent - with an annual savings of over $7,200.
The Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center was classified as a retail building for benchmarking purposes. It serves as a box office for events held at the oceanfront, such as concerts and festivals, as well as amusement and water parks in the Hampton Roads area. There are also Virginia Beach-themed items such as Beacholopy, cook books from locals, and other beach-themed products.
Visitor Information Center has also been certified ?Virginia Green? for its other initiatives that include `low flow? water fixtures and recycling. ?Virginia Green? is the statewide program that works to reduce the environmental impacts of Virginia?s tourism industry. It is run as a partnership between DEQ, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association. Not only will the improvements to the VIC educate thousands of visitors who come to Virginia Beach every year, but our residents will also learn about the benefits of energy audits for their homes and businesses. As an additional educational tool, VBTV taped City of Virginia Beach?s Certified Energy Auditor Robert Maholchic while he performed his energy audit and the results. The one-hour program is expected to air on VBTV this summer.
"The Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center is pleased to accept EPA?s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of commendable energy efficiency efforts,? said Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. "This achievement demonstrates the city?s commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.?-- Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr., Mayor, City of Virginia Beach, City of Virginia Beach
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by City of Virginia Beach or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
City of Virginia Beach
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: Retail Store
Total Floorspace: 6372 sf
Year Constructed: 1990
Contract Type: None
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