Innovation Center of Vermont
128 Lakeside Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
As part of EPA's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through improved energy efficiency, the ENERGY STAR energy performance scale documents a building's carbon footprint and efficient use of energy, including electricity, natural gas, and oil. The Innovation Center of Vermont at 128 Lakeside Avenue in Burlington achieved an ENERGY STAR score of 93, putting it in the top 7 percent of all office buildings in the United States for environmentally-friendly office space.
Introduced in 1992, the ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for superior energy efficiency. In addition to performance levels for energy efficiency, the buildings must also meet Indoor Air quality test requirements, illumination levels, and thermal comfort of its tenants in accordance with ASHRAE standards.
The Innovation Center of Vermont has enjoyed a close working relationship with Burlington Electric's Commercial Energy Services Department who provided engineering review and financial rebate incentives for Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM). Also providing support in the form of EEM during renovations within the tenant premises was General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. The Innovation Center managed to significantly reduce its electrical consumption and carbon footprint through use of state-of-the-art Direct Digital Control (DDC) of the buildings' air conditioners, lighting, compressors, and fan motors. The building uses geothermal energy to produce "energy free" cooling for much of the year rather than running electrical compressors and refrigerant to cool the space. New ultra-efficient boilers use natural gas to provide additional heat beyond the geothermal water loop in the coldest winter months.
Lighting in the building has been upgraded and operates on motion detectors or computer switches controlled by DDC. All the lighting uses electronic ballasts and new T-8 or T-5 bulbs. Many of the light fixtures can illuminate one, two, or three bulbs depending on the occupant's desires and lighting requirement. Natural light was employed in the R&D Building using skylights and within the main building using light harvesting techniques near the large new windows on the fourth floor.
Complex computer algorithms within the Building Management System (BMS) utilize free cooling to decide which compressors need to run based on real time cooling requirements that sense both outside air temperature combined with the indoor air temperature of hundreds of thermostats to keep occupants comfortable.
Primarily due to the use of geothermal energy and energy savings enhancements, the actual electrical consumption at the facility has been cut by more than 32 percent during the last 5 years. Natural gas consumption has decreased by more than 60 percent. We are proud of these achievements because they demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship while lowering our energy costs.
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Lewiston Investment Co. 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.
Lewiston Investment Co.
Gilbane Development Co.
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Facility Type: Office
Total Floorspace: 172978 sf
Year Constructed: 1894
Contract Type: None
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Burlington, VT 05401