Federal building includes radiant floor heating

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 22:09

The Edith Green Wendell Wyatt federal building located in Portland, Oregon, is currently under renovations. The Oregonian reports that the building is being outfitted with a number of green features to reduce operational expenses and improve the sustainability of the structure.
According to OPB News, the structure is just seven weeks away from completion and the new additions are expected to reduce energy expenses by 55 percent and potable water use by 60 percent. The high-rise building is the workplace of 1,200 federal employees that span multiple departments, including the Internal Revenue Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others.
Originally built in 1975, the structure will now feature concrete cut-outs that will allow natural light to flood the interior and tubing in the ceiling panels that will carry the warm or cold water to facilities like kitchens and restrooms, reports the news source. In addition, there is a radiant floor heating system installed to provide employees comfort and reduce operational costs associated with heating such a large commercial property. Combined with other green technologies, radiant floor heating could further increase the sustainability of the building, while not forgoing efficiency or the comfort of the people who will use the space. 
Solar panels have been installed on the building to generate about 15 percent of the building's energy needs in an effort to meet the Federal High-Performance Green Buildings requirements. OPB News reports that other green features include a 170,000-gallon rainwater collection cistern that feeds recycled water through toilets and into the garden, energy-efficient lighting and elevators that generate energy when they brake.