Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Green Square office building


RALEIGH– The Green Square office building, the Raleigh headquarters for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, is now a standard-bearer for environmental design and efficiency.

On Wednesday, state dignitaries will unveil a plaque recognizing the building’s new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification and honoring those who helped the building earn the nation’s highest building standards in environmental design.

North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Dan Forest, who is a LEED-certified Raleigh architect, will be the keynote speaker for Wednesday’s 10 a.m. ceremony in the first floor lobby of the 217 West Jones St. office building. Forest will be introduced by John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The N.C. Department of Administration’s Secretary Bill Daughtridge plans to attend Wednesday’s ceremony. The ceremony should last 30 minutes and will be followed by tours of the building.

The Green Square office building becomes the first state government complex constructed in Raleigh that meets the nation’s highest building standards in environmental design. TheLEED program is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council to assess building performance and sustainability goals. It addresses facility design considerations for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

To achieve significant cost and energy savings, the building was constructed with numerous “green” features, including:

· Cisterns on the roofs that capture rainwater so it can be treated and reused in the building to flush toilets, water plants and provide cooling tower makeup water.

· Many more windows than the typical office building. This enables the state to maximize natural lighting, reduce its energy bill and cut down on the amount of pollution generated by electricity production.

In addition to serving as the headquarters for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Green Square office building is home to the Innovation Center, a lab where state and university officials and others can test technology before purchasing it.

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