The Tacoma, Washington Center for Urban Waters recently secured Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification due to the building's use of energy efficient products and technology, the World Interior Design Network (WIDN) reported.
According to the news outlet, the 51,000-square-foot building covers three floors and accommodates the City of Tacoma Public Works Environmental Services labs and offices, University of Washington Tacoma researchers and Puget Sound Partnership staff.
The facility was designed in an energy efficient manner to act as a model for limited consumption in a structure, which works well with the mission of the organizations that are housed within. According to WIDN, the facility enables 46 percent less water consumption compared to a traditional building through actions like recycling rainwater collected from the roof and waste water of the lab’s pure water system.
This water is later reused in parts of the building to help limit both the associated bills and consumption of the resource. The building's radiant heating system also helps it limit its environmental impact due to a sharp reduction in energy use.
The type of radiant heating system that is used can have a significant impact on the amount of energy that is used, as companies like Warmboard offer solutions to reduce use due to the efficient design of its product.
A Warmboard radiant heating system allows for less energy use due to the highly conductive paneling that is used by the company. This helps to deliver the heat in a more efficient fashion, as the temperature of the water that is being pumped through the system can be lower than the products of its competitors.