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Long Beach Courthouse
415 W Ocean Blvd
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Los Angeles County's Long Beach Courthouse, constructed in 1960, is home to various county departments such as the Superior Courts, Sheriff, Probation, and the District Attorney.

In 1996, the County undertook a major energy efficiency upgrade. The County's Energy Management Division implemented the project, investing over $1.8 million ($5.94/GSF) using a Shared Savings Performance Contract with an energy services company, which included energy efficiency incentive payments of $422,000 from Southern California Edison's Demand Side Management program.

This 6-story, 215,880 sq. ft., air-conditioned facility (302,896 GSF including parking lot and garage) received two new chillers; two sets of chilled water and condenser water pumps, each with premium efficiency pump motors, 24 variable frequency drives and compatible premium efficiency motors for air handling units; an airside economizer cycle; and a new analog/digital energy management system with centralized and local HVAC access control of the entire facility. The building's lighting system was also retrofitted with T8/electronic ballasts (from T12/magnetic ballast fluorescent); compact fluorescent lamps (from incandescent), high pressure sodium lamps (from mercury vapor); and LED exit signs.

This project also included an investment grade audit, a computer simulation analysis, construction management, commissioning, and detailed measurement and verification procedures. Through this undertaking, the County realizes an annual energy savings of 1,145,269 kWh (23.7% - due to the lighting retrofit) and 450,289 kWh (9.3% - due to the HVAC improvements). This translates to annual cost-savings of $158,493 ($0.52/GSF, under SCE's pre 2001 rates). Due to recent rate increases, the annual cost-savings have jumped to $207,423.    




"Benchmarking through ENERGY STAR has allowed the County to compare building performance against the nation's most efficient buildings. We look forward to benchmarking the more than 125 buildings retrofitted by the County and anticipate additional successes like the one realized by the Long Beach Courthouse."

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Los Angeles County, CA 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.

Building Owner:*
Los Angeles County, CA

Property Manager:*
Internal Services Dept - L A County

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2002 (82)

Facility Type: Courthouse

Total Floorspace: 215880 sf

Year Constructed: 1960

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant