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Barbara Roberts Human Services Building

  • Address: 500 Summer Street, NE, Salem, OR 
  • Square footage: 285,461 
  • Tenant(s): Department of Human Services 
  • Year constructed: 1992
    human services bldg  

Building History
This section is under construction.

Green Team

 The Human Services Building plans to launch a Green Team.

Sustainability
Energy Conservation
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has designated its buildings as resource conservation zones. This means DAS works hard to save energy and water in its buildings, as well as ensure employees and tenants recycle to the best of their ability. The goal is to save taxpayer money and care for the environment to the greatest extent possible.
    
Energy Savings Report
  DAS compares all bills to the calendar year 2000 as a baseline.  The goal and OAR require a 20 percent reduction in electricity and natural gas usage by 2015. DAS does not adjust the buildings without baseline adjustments for weather or any other factors. The savings column represents the combined electric and gas savings in Btu’s compared to the year 2000 usage. The Energy Cost column includes the totals for electric and gas – not all utilities.    

Year
Electrical Usage (kWh)
Gas Usage (therms)
Energy Cost
Savings over the year 2000
2000
4,993,501
57,197
$281,770
 
2001
4,131,069
35,042
$259,865
-23%
2002
3,873,349
35,320
$329,697
-26%
2003
3,520,310
42,311
$280,027
-29%
2004
3,696,354
41,070
$285,241
-27%
2005
3,836,750
42,812
$310,778
-24%
2006
3,734,337
38,830
$329,164
-27%
2007
3,986,692
37,214
$354,933
-24%
2008
4,113,525
52,132
$412,728
-15%
2009
3,843,443
43,119
$377,073
-23%
 
 
Electricity Scorecards
The quarterly scorecard provides a quick report on electricity reductions, compliance with the 20 percent reduction target, recent night audit results, and tips for conservation. Here are the scorecards for the building.

2009
2010
 
 
 
 
May
 
 
August
November
 
 
Night Audits
 As part of the effort to conserve resources, DAS conducts quarterly night audits of the buildings. They walk through the spaces to ensure that lights, appliances, and equipment remains off during unoccupied times. Here are the results of the audits for the building.

July 2009
 
October 2009
Nighttime energy use decreased for the second audit. Nice job!
January 2010
Nighttime energy use increased for the third audit. 
 
 

Transportation

 The manner in which we travel to and from the building impacts sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions. The following summarizes the sustainable transportation options around the building.
 
Bike Routes
http://www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/ITandFacilities/GIS/Documents/trans_bike_salem2006-fullcityside%5B1%5D.pdf 
 
 

Certifications or Awards
The following summarizes the recognition received for the building:


  • EarthWISE certification from Marion County. This is a designation for organizations who commit to observe environmentally-friendly practices in their facilities.
EarthWISE logo 

Renovations and Major Projects
The following summarizes the capital projects in the building:
 

Year
Type of Project
Project Description
Incentives Received*
Resource Savings Expected
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2009ConservationInstall variable frequency drives on fans on cooling tower.ETO and BETC5%
 
Actual = not yet known
No
Late 1990s
Conservation
Upgrade lightingN/A - incentive programs not yet in placeN/A - programs to track not in place yet
No
      
*
ETO = Energy Trust of Oregon incentives for energy efficiency measures
BETC = Business Energy Tax Credit pass-through incentives for energy efficiency measures