FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Beth Conover, Director, Greenprint Denver
Greenprint Denver Rally Recognizes Webb Municipal Office Building Registration in LEED Existing Building Program and Other Sustainability Efforts
(DENVER)—As part of Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Greenprint Denver initiative unveiled at the 2006 State of the City address, the Facilities Planning and Management division of Denver General Services and building management company Transwestern/Mile High Commercial Services have registered the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building under the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED EB) program with the goal of achieving a LEED EB Silver rating. A new City policy requires that all City buildings be built and renovated to LEED Silver and Energy Star standards. A City employee rally to recognize the LEED EB registration and other employee efforts through Greenprint Denver, the City’s action plan for sustainable development practices, was held today in the Atrium of the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave.
LEED EB is a high-performance building rating system developed and administered by the United States Green Building Council that provides guidance on operations and maintenance for existing buildings. LEED EB evaluates criteria related to building location and exterior maintenance, water and energy efficiency, material and resource use, indoor environmental quality and occupancy comfort, and sustainability innovations. There are only three LEED EB certified buildings in Denver and 25 nationwide.
While many cities across the country have adopted LEED for New Construction, Denver will be one of the first to incorporate LEED for Existing Buildings in facility operation and maintenance. The City and County of Denver owns and operates over 250 buildings. Conserving resources and reducing waste in City facilities, finding efficiencies in the use of taxpayer money and improving employee comfort and productivity are important components of the Greenprint Denver action agenda.
The Webb Municipal Office Building was built in 2002 to Energy Star qualifications. As part of the LEED EB certification, Denver’s Facilities Planning and Management division will make operational and maintenance changes, evaluate costs and benefits, and institute best practices at other City facilities. Highlights of the project include:
- Enhancing recycling systems and increasing recycling rates with single-stream, desk-side recycling for paper, plastic, aluminum and cardboard.
- Purchasing products with reduced environmental impacts such as recycled-content office paper and furniture.
- Using nontoxic cleaning products, recycled-content janitorial products and low-impact pest management practices.
- Implementing use of low-impact construction materials, construction waste recycling and indoor air quality management practices.
- Recommissioning energy by ensuring building systems function as intended and improving energy efficiency in building operations.
Greater efficiencies in building operations help lower costs by reducing energy, water and resource consumption. Sustainable operation and maintenance strategies help create a healthier and more comfortable atmosphere for employees and the public. Studies have shown that worker productivity can improve by as much as 34 percent in buildings that provide access to daylight, outdoor views, thermal comfort and high indoor air quality.
The City and County of Denver has a long history of sustainable development practices. Denver was among the first cities in the nation to develop a “green fleet” powered with alternative fuels and technologies and continues that program today. Denver was recently identified in a national SustainLane survey as the sixth most prominent city in the nation for supporting and promoting alternative fuels and is ranked among the top ten in hybrid vehicle ownership and overall city sustainability practices.
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