USEPA Region VIII Opens Green Denver Headquarters


Via Rocky Mtn News:- Yesterday was the grand opening of the USEPA Region 8 headquarters building: "the roof, with 40,000 different plants and a stunning view of Denver's skyline, is sure to take center stage..."It's the first green roof in downtown Denver," said Aaron Nelson, project manager for the nonprofit Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. The group is a neighbor of the new EPA building, which was built on the site of the former Postal Annex building at 15th and Wynkoop streets". "Energy-saving and sustainable features: 20,000-square-foot green roof that uses drought-resistant native vegetation to manage and clean rain water; 48 photovoltaic panels on the south side of the roof that can generate 10 kilowatts of power; bamboo, a fast-growing and renwable wood, used throughout a two-story lobby; a nine-story atrium increases natural day lighting and reduces light energy loads; energy efficient heating and cooling systems; recycled materials used throughout. Also, the roof was built so it can accommodate wind turbines." TreeHugger comments: Nice Digs. Must have gotten this approved before the recent budget cut backs from Washington. Image credit: Syska Hennessey Group