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Pender Office Project Will Conserve Energy and Save Money

Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Headquarters gets energy improvements

A new rooftop solar array and other energy improvements at the Pender Office Building will save money and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The project, which was a partnership between the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and Fairfax County's Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination, is another step in meeting the county’s goals for carbon neutrality in its facilities, fleet vehicles and operations, including 50% of county electricity from renewable sources by 2040, as outlined in the Operational Energy Strategy.

Constructed in 1986, the three-story, 49,000-square-foot Pender Office Building, which serves as FCRHA's headquarters, got LED lighting upgrades, new electric transformers and air handling units, weatherization treatments and improvements to building automation systems. Overall, the project is expected to reduce annual electricity consumption by 23%, producing up to $35,500 in savings in the first year.

Coan Pond Residences – single-occupancy affordable homes located within the FCRHA building – will also benefit from the upgrades.

Building with solar panels
The headquarters of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority now features solar panels and other environmental upgrades.

“It’s important we recognize the progress we are making in our efforts to be leaner and greener in our energy use,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay. “Projects like this not only save the county money in lower energy bills but reinforce the commitment we’ve made to the community to make climate action a priority.”

“At the FCRHA, it is our mission to create thriving communities, including within our own headquarters. The energy improvements both reduce our carbon footprint and promote a healthier environment for our community,” said FCRHA Chair Lenore Stanton.

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