Building Projects

Ways the City of Albuquerque is making our buildings more efficient and sustainable.

Everyday, when we turn our lights on, heat up our stoves, or use the AC, these actions use energy that produces greenhouse gas emissions. Making sure that our lights and buildings use energy as efficiently as possible goes a long way in saving dollars and reducing our environmental impact. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency projects that commercial and residential building energy use, along with power generation makes up as much as 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

Mayor’s Energy Challenge

The City of Albuquerque is working to develop a private sector challenge with a focus on small businesses to provide technical assistance to reduce energy consumption and save money. We have the goal of recruiting 40 participants to commit to reducing energy consumption by 20 percent in the next 5 years, if your business is interested in participating, let us know!

Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofits of Public Buildings

Even with 3 percent of the City’s Capital Improvement funding going to energy efficiency upgrades each year, the City of Albuquerque has an annual energy bill of approximately $14 million. That is why the City is continuing to build on its ongoing facility upgrade work with a goal of reducing energy consumption by 65 percent. Below are the current energy efficiency projects, we estimate these projects will result in an annual cost savings of $383,074.00 and is equivalent to eliminating 579 metric tons of carbon dioxide or 632,730 pounds of coal burned (annually).

Project Completion Date Energy Use Reduction
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center Completed June 2019 55%
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center Completed September 2019 77%
Lomas and Tramway Library Completed August 2019 84%
Kimo Theater Estimated November 2019 90%
Pino Yard Buildings Estimated December 2019 64%

LEED for Cities

In May 2019, the City of Albuquerque was awarded a grant from the U.S. Green Building Council valued at $25,000 to support community-wide Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The LEED certification program is the leading international achievement for sustainable facility design and demonstrates Albuquerque’s commitment to environmentally responsible building practices.

The LEED certification process helps local governments develop a framework and develop plans for a wide variety of citywide factors, including green infrastructure, public health, energy, water, waste, social equity, transportation and others. Efforts towards certification are currently underway, and once completed, Albuquerque will join over 90 LEED certified cities throughout the world. Read more about LEED for Cities Certification.


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