GSA report finds potential for pellet boilers in federal buildings

By Staff | September 01, 2014

A new report published by the U.S. General Services Administration finds wood pellet boilers should be considered at all hot-water heated federal facilities where natural gas is unavailable, particularly in northern regions.

The GSA’s Green Proving Ground just released a study of the retrofit done at the Ketchikan Federal Building in Ketchikan, Alaska, that installed a state-of-the-art, pellet-fired biomass boiler. GPG commissioned researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to evaluate the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and operational functionality of the 1-million Btu boiler.