National Housing Studies

US Coast Guard Housing Unit

By employing specialized geospatial planning and asset inventory and analysis strategies, Cardno designed and delivered a first-of-its kind, building asset assessment process for the U.S. Coast Guard that resulted in $64 million lifecycle cost-savings across its housing portfolio.

Cardno was engaged to help the United States Coast Guard (CG) streamline and adopt a multi-functional building asset assessment process, which saw our team evaluate more than 1,500 housing units located across seven US states and in Puerto Rico.  

As a result of this work, we assembled all assessment data into a geospatial display, supplemented by risk-rankings and information ‘dashboards’ that helped management make informed decisions about where and when to invest limited renovation dollars, including for energy efficiency improvements.  

We compared each asset with more than 150 standardized criteria for condition, functionality, and energy performance, thereby arming the CG’s asset manager with unprecedented insights into building performance trends, common areas of concern, and opportunities for improvement.  

In conjunction with functionality and condition information, energy performance, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental factors, and operating costs were all incorporated into comprehensive analyses and recommendations for the entire building portfolio. 

The Cardno team supported numerous briefings and presentations with subject matter experts and briefing materials on this first-of-its-kind study. We also determined technology penetration rates of EnergyStar equipment, energy use intensity, and greenhouse gas emissions based on these assessments, and recommended best programmatic practices to the CG. 

Finally, several Energy Conservation Measures for each site, including wind and solar, were modeled in greater detail to establish financial feasibility and to demonstrate aggregated energy savings achieved by standardizing configurations for optimal energy performance.  

In total, our team identified $64 million in lifecycle cost-savings, with a required investment of $9 million, and an aggregate Savings-to-Investment Ratio (SIR) exceeding 4.0.