The U.S. Post Office on Eighth Avenue was the U.S. Postal Service’s first green facility. Designed by Quorum Architects of Fort Worth, the station opened in January 1999. Since then, USPS has built more green facilities and more are planned.

“The building is primarily constructed from recycled materials, uses some of the most innovative energy-efficient systems available, and includes features to improve indoor air quality,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports.

“Some of the environmental attributes included in the building were the installation of skylights, use of paints and adhesives with zero or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and use of organic (not chemical) fertilizers for the station’s grounds.”

Some of the details:

  • Indigenous landscaping.
  • 20 percent recycled-content concrete (contains fly ash).
  • Recycled-content gypsum board and ceiling tiles.
  • 90 percent post-consumer recycled-content steel.
  • Recycled-content dock bumpers and floor mats (contains recycled tires).
  • Recycled-content plastic toilet partitions, tree grates, and workroom bumpers.
  • Heat-reflecting exterior ceramic coating system.
  • Energy-efficient low-emissivity glazing.
  • Natural lighting supplemented by energy-efficient fluorescent lighting with automatic dimming controls.
  • Full spectrum lighting.
  • Occupancy sensors installed in frequently used rooms.
  • High-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system.
  • Rainwater harvesting system for irrigation.
  • Compressed straw exterior wall panels made from alternative agricultural products.
  • Compressed natural gas refueling station for fleet vehicles.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov

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