Now, visitors will be treated to two kinds of green at the U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, DC. The first is, of course, the green of American money and the second, the green of the building itself. In late December 2011, the Treasury Building earned a LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council, making it the oldest building in the world to do so.
The Treasury Building is more than two city blocks long and was constructed over a period of 33 years between 1836 and 1869. The east and center wings – which comprise the oldest portion of the structure – were designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument, and were built between 1836 to 1842. It’s the third-oldest federal building in Washington D.C., after the White House and the U.S. Capitol, and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1972.
- Increasing the use of natural day lighting to reduce energy consumption;
- Establishing sustainable cleaning and landscape programs;
- Developing and implementing advanced control and management of the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems;
- Conducting waste stream audits to benchmark recycling programs and identify opportunities to maximize material conservation;
- Creating a green procurement program for materials, equipment and services purchased
- Increasing occupant space utilization;
- Augmenting alternate transportation means; and
- Establishing enhanced utility metering for improved systems management
“These improvements are paying big dividends,” wrote Dan Tangherlini, Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. ”Not just for the environment, but also for the Department’s bottom line – because going green saves green for taxpayers.”
Check out the video below to hear more about what the Treasury did to achieve LEED Gold:
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