The Feds Are into Green Buildings

March 04, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

The state of Colorado has received about $350 million to convert existing federal properties in the state into energy efficient green buildings to promote sustainability and renewable energy. The funding for the building and redevelopment of the government properties into green buildings are from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, through the General Services Administration.

The Feds Are into Green Buildings

The largest federal landlord, the U.S. General Services Administration is said to be a continuing champion of the LEED rating system. In October 2010, GSA stated that a LEED Gold certification is going to be a minimum standard requirement for new federal buildings, including major renovations and new constructions.

A $5.5 billion funding is allotted for the GSA for the improvement and redevelopment of federal buildings into energy efficient green buildings across the United States.

GSA provides workplace to about 1 million federal civilian employees and oversees the conservation of more than 480 historic properties into green buildings in the area.

The General Services, according to a report, occupies almost 20 percent of Denver’s downtown office space, with a total of 25.8 million square feet in all 119 buildings.

One the largest and current Colorado redevelopment project is the $154 million reconstruction of the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building into a green building.

Employees at the 494,156-square-foot federal buildings were already relocated to another building. Renovations in the said building, according to the report, will include the improvements in all major components such as mechanical, structural, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, elevators, and the reduction of asbestos and PCBs.

Other federal building developed into green buildings include the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood — it will undergo a $39 million solar project.

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