The Guam Capital Investment Corporation Building (GCIC), a commercial office and retail facility owned and managed by Guam Capital Investment Corporation (GCIC), has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification for the second straight year, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. In fact, The GCIC Building is the only building on Guam to have been awarded Energy Star Certification as of this date.
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. GCIC improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.
“GCIC is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Steffen Niu, President, GCIC. “Managing the balance between energy efficiency and tenant services is a complex undertaking, requiring careful design, management, and continual monitoring.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR certification, GCIC has implemented a number of design principles and adjustments focused on limiting energyconsumption to match current demand:
• Energy use control – reducing wasted energy during off peak hours;
• Solar Heat Rejection – Installation of reflective window coverings with
over 85% solar heat rejection to reduce cooling loads.
• Installation of energy efficient A/C chillers
• Replacement of various lighting sources to include a mix of LED and
fluorescent lamps to reduce energy consumption needs.
• Maintenance of Air filters and motorized equipment to maximize their
“Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while providing full service commercial real estate location for our tenants, creating savings for our draw on the environment and savings for our tenants energy costs,” said Niu.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by
the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
GCIC is one of the pioneering Real Estate development and management companies on Guam, and has been an active member of the civic and business community. For more than 40 years, GCIC has provided top class office and retail space for Guam businesses and continues to be at the forefront of property management and investment on Guam.