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Spokane Courthouse Earns Top Marks in Sustainability

December 31, 2014

Release Date: December 31, 2014

SPOKANE, WA - Today the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in Spokane, Wash., is meeting top industry benchmarks by reducing energy and water consumption, cutting utility costs and easing its overall impact on the environment. Because of the high performance green building features, the Courthouse has earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for Existing Buildings. The certification highlights GSA’s ongoing commitment to superior environmental performance and constructing, operating, and maintaining federal buildings that reduce operational costs and save taxpayer dollars.

Project Facts:

  • The Thomas Foley Courthouse underwent significant renovation between 2010-2012 to upgrade the 301,596-square-foot courthouse to a high performance green building.
  • The work included replacing 80–85 percent of the courthouse infrastructure, including the electrical, HVAC, plumbing and lighting systems, boilers and cooling towers.
  • GSA also resealed all windows, installed more than 700 individual fan coil units and replaced ventilation systems. The energy performance has well-exceeded the initial goal of 30 percent energy savings.
  • In total, the work resulted in an emissions reduction of 1.7 million pounds of CO2, equivalent to removing 154 vehicles from the road or planting 220 acres of trees.

Northwest/Arctic Regional Administrator said:

“The GSA takes great pride in the renovations and exceptional performance outcome of the Foley Courthouse,” said George Northcroft, GSA’s Northwest/Arctic Region Regional Administrator. “Through the investments of the 2009, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we now have another courthouse that meets GSA’s high performance green building standards and will be an asset to the community and the American taxpayer for years to come.”

Green building certification systems are one of many tools available that agencies can use to verify a building’s performance and to determine its compliance with federal green building requirements contained in statute and executive order.

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