Sustainable apartment and office building combo attracts new residents

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 13:37

The Greenfire Campus building is a new construction project in Washington that is expected to show construction professionals and lawmakers just how green construction can be done. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, buildings consume about 40 percent of all the energy used in the United States - more than the manufacturing or transportation sectors. As a result, experts are looking to increase the sustainability of everyday buildings to reduce the nation's overall energy use. 
The news source reports that building experts in charge of Greenfire Campus expect that the building will use 42 percent less energy than comparable properties and meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification standards. The office and retail space in the building will use 70 percent less energy than traditional office spaces - exceeding the carbon reduction goal that was set by the Architecture 2030 Challenge.
A combination of energy saving technologies are working together to improve the sustainability of the structure. Architects used sensible sustainability principles and technologies like solar panels, radiant floor heating, light emitting diode bulbs and water-saving systems. These choices allow the building to run smoothly on less energy than more traditional structures. 
Daily Journal of Commerce reports that the radiant floor heating was chosen because it works best with the geothermal and natural placement of the building. By situating the structure to take advantage of the natural landscape of the surrounding area, cooling, heating and lighting costs are decreased. Radiant floor heating takes advantage of the thermal capabilities of high R-value insulation and helps keep the building at a comfortable temperature - regardless of what season it is.