2012 Winner: The Reformed Gas Guzzler

The building with the highest percentage of energy savings.

Who led the charge

Jesse Dillard, PE, CEM, GBE
Energy Manager, City of Dallas


As the energy manager of the ninth largest city in the country, Jesse’s sustainability vision has been realized through energy overhauls in major public buildings including the Dallas Museum of Art. Jesse’s resourcefulness has allowed the city to fund these projects during difficult economic times with minimal impact to taxpayers.

Dallas Museum of art, dallas, tx
museum - 324,974 sq. ft.

The City of Dallas was able to implement an impressive energy reduction project at the Dallas Museum of Art funded through guaranteed energy savings. This project has resulted in over 40% in energy savings over the past three years while maintaining rigid environmental control over the art collections. 

In 2007, an investment-grade energy audit was performed to identify areas of improvement within the facility. The building showed significant savings potential through HVAC renovations, building automation upgrades, lighting retrofits, water conservation retrofits and operational improvements. 

The HVAC renovations led to over 9,000,000 kWh of consumption savings, and a comprehensive lighting project utilizing high efficiency lighting systems saved over 440,000 kWh. In addition, water conservation retrofits not only cut water consumption but also led to hot water heater savings.


Hollie Brown | EIT, CEM, LEED AP O+M, Instructional Developer, Schneider Electric
John Claire | Building Manager, Dallas Museum of Art
Jeff Guy | CFO, Dallas Museum of Art

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"The project has exceeded our expectations on performance... we have reduced cost by 45%. Everyone is pleased with the lighting and comfort in the work space. Also, our maintenance staff now have the measurement tools to better manage the Museum."