“Green-Friendly” Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Interstate Rest Areas – Phase II

Title: “Green-Friendly” Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Interstate Rest Areas – Phase II
Author: El-Rayes, Khaled
Publication Date: 2013
Dewey Decimal Number: 711.73
Call Record: DIGITAL      711.73  El-Rayes  2013  v2


“Green-Friendly” Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Interstate Rest Areas—Phase II
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National Technical Information Service

5301 Shawnee Road
Alexandria, VA 22312 United States


Interstate rest area buildings in Illinois range in age from 10 to nearly 50 years old and are on display and used 365 days a year by nearly 40 million people annually. The rest area sites comprise 53 buildings that provide restroom facilities, vending machines, and 11 welcome centers. These facilities are presently being maintained within the allowable budgets; however, they are in need of upgrades to improve their environmental and economic performance in supporting recent sustainability initiatives in Illinois. The main goal of this project was to investigate, determine, and recommend a list of green-friendly best management practices (BMPs) for the six interstate rest areas that have the highest energy consumption in Illinois. These six rest areas are Willow Creek, Coalfield, Great Sauk Trail, Mackinaw Dells, Cumberland Road, and Turtle Creek, which account for 32% of Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)’s rest area energy bills. The main results and findings of this study include (1) an online survey of state departments of transportation (DOTs) conducted to gather information on their experiences in implementing green-friendly measures in rest areas, welcome centers, office buildings, and related buildings; (2) an investigation of installing temporary or permanent sub-metering systems to measure, monitor, and analyze the actual energy consumption of devices and fixtures in the six rest areas; (3) on-site assessments and field measurements of the six rest areas; (4) an identification of energy and water-saving alternatives that can be implemented in the six rest areas, including: Light-emitting doide (LED) and induction lighting; motion sensors for interior lighting, vending machines, and exhaust fans; grid-connected photovoltaic systems; solar water heaters; solar tube lighting; double-pane glass, vestibule entrances; Energy Star–rated HVAC systems; geothermal heat pumps; and watersaving plumbing fixtures; (5) an energy audit analysis for the six selected rest areas, using eQuest energy simulation software to analyze the impact of implementing various energy-saving alternatives; (6) an economic analysis of the identified energy saving alternatives for the selected rest areas in terms of their required upgrade costs, life-cycle cost, and payback periods; and (7) a practical and user-friendly decision support tool that is capable of identifying optimal upgrade measures for public buildings in Illinois to achieve a specified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ( LEED) certification with the minimum upgrade costs or achieve the highest LEED points within a given upgrade budget.

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Center for Transportation
1611 Titan Drive
Rantoul, IL 61866 United States

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
205 North Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801-2352 United States

Illinois Department of Transportation

126 East Ash Street
Springfield, IL 62706 United States

Federal Highway Administration

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590 United States


El-Rayes, Khaled
Liu, Liang
Abdallah, Moatassem


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Administration and Management; Environment; Highways; Terminals and Facilities; I10: Economics and Administration; I15: Environment