Gulf Branch Nature Center

Gulf Branch is a nature center that hosts several community programs, including its own observation beehive and live animal exhibit room. In 2008, AIRE performed weatherization improvements and replaced the central heating system. In 2012, Parks installed a mini-split system at Gulf Branch, a system that allows the building to be heated and cooled in different zones. In late 2013 Gulf Branch got a new water heater. These improvements have cut energy use at Gulf Branch nearly 30 percent since 2007.

Energy Snapshot

  • Address: 3608 Military Rd
  • Building Use: Community Center
  • Current Size: 3,710 ft²
  • Year Built: 1921

Annual Energy Use Intensity

Site energy intensity is the amount of energy (electricity and natural gas) consumed per square foot of gross building area.

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Annual Electric Usage (kWh) 52,776 48,427 43,983 45,558 42,993 42,360 45,171
Annual Natural Gas Usage (therms) 1,836 1,794 1,582 1,547 1,267 1,028 1,030
Site Energy Intensity (BTU/ft²) 98,019 92,890 83,092 83,608 73,696 66,666 69,306
Source Energy Intensity (BTU/ft²) 213,921 199,380 179,749 183,611 167,824 159,129 167,820
Carbon Footprint (metric tons CO2 equivalent) 38 36 32 30 30 29 30
EPA ENERGY STAR Rating

 

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