U.S. General Services Administration Warren E. Burger Federal Courthouse

Retro-commissioning revealed energy savings, reducing energy costs for this 450,000 square foot LEED Silver certified government office building, owned and operated by the GSA.


St. Paul, MN


450,000 sq ft





This federal courthouse building, originally built in 1966 and renovated in 2004, was in need of retro-commissioning services to perform a comprehensive energy and water evaluation in order to lower building energy consumption. Tenant comfort and building health issues were also important to the client.


Using ASHRAE commissioning guidelines, the detailed plan included HVAC, lighting, plumbing and building envelope systems. The project consisted of site investigations and performance testing to identify potential improvements necessary for optimal building operation, including correcting building operational deficiencies. Final deliverables included a list of Environmental Control Measures (ECMs) with documentation supporting the viability of replacing building mechanical equipment. The final report included estimated payback and life cycle cost information. The building remained in operational use during the entire process. The full scope of work for this study included the following:

  • Staff interviews
  • HVAC equipment inspections
  • Building Automation System (BAS) point-to-point testing
  • VAV terminal unit airflow sampling
  • Heating season sequence testing
  • Review of existing lighting fixture types, and control systems
  • Review of existing plumbing fixtures
  • Review of building envelope
  • Cooling season point and sequence testing
  • After-hours building walkthrough
  • Lighting illumination measurements
  • Energy conservation measure calculation estimates


While this LEED Silver building was already running at a highly efficient level, retro-commissioning revealed energy savings equivalent to an estimated 10% reduction in total energy and domestic hot water costs.

Key Contacts:
Robert Linder, PE, NEBB CP, LEED AP
Vice President, Performance Group
David Jansa
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Services Provided:
  • Retrocommissioning

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