Richard H. Poff Federal Building Earns LEED Gold Certification
The Richard H. Poff Federal Building located in Roanoke, VA, recently earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. GSA completed a Recovery Act project at the facility in 2014, which included replacement of the window curtain wall system; installation of a new high performance HVAC system and energy-saving lighting; and restroom renovations to include water-conserving fixtures.
During renovations, GSA used environmentally-friendly products such as a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-free powder-coat curtain wall finish that is also durable and high-performing. The building also has mineral wool insulation that is resistant to mold growth for building spaces that could be exposed to moisture during normal use. The renovations also included networked lighting control panels on each floor and ceiling-mounted occupancy sensors. More recently, sustainable upgrades include a thorough recycling program initiated by local GSA field office personnel.
Through projects like this one, GSA has improved energy and operational efficiency nationwide. In fiscal year 2015, the 351 buildings GSA renovated with Recovery Act funding consumed nearly 2.3 trillion fewer BTUs (British Thermal Units) when compared to 2008 baselines. These annual savings are enough to provide electricity to more than 61,000 U.S. homes for a year.
In total, these Recovery Act projects have reduced energy usage by 22.5% across the portfolio of renovated buildings. These efficiencies contribute to savings for both the federal government and American taxpayers.