Ketchikan Federal Building Switching to Sustainable Biomass Boiler
January 5, 2011
From the Sitnews in Ketchikan – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on Tuesday announced a contract award to install a biomass boiler system in the Ketchikan, Alaska federal building.
A $4.5 million investment of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will allow GSA to replace the outdated, inefficient boiler which has been has served the building since it was constructed in 1951. The old boiler has reached the end of its useful life and GSA will install a new sustainable biomass boiler.
Biomass boilers produce heat with wood pellets or chips instead of oil, reducing heating costs and a building’s carbon footprint. GSA estimates that it will save 4,000 gallons of heating oil by switching to the biomass boiler.
The Ketchikan project is General Services Administration’s first pilot of a commercial biomass boiler, and the agency will study the project closely to learn about other federal applications. As is standard policy in GSA-owned and operated buildings, the Ketchikan boiler will be paired with a secondary oil boiler, to ensure a back-up heating source in the event of unexpected maintenance or repair problems. Read more