Pennsylvania's Story of Building Green: On Video

A free video that documents the green design and construction process for Pennsylvania’s new 73,000 square
foot Department of Environmental Protection building may be useful if you are exploring the idea for your
own construction project or for use as a professional tool to educate potential clients. Pennsylvania plans
to replicate the integrated planning and design process used here as a model for future state buildings.

The video chronicles the construction process from brownfield remediation to installation of access floors and carpet
tiles. You’ll see interviews with industry leaders like Ray Anderson of Interface and Rick Fedrizzi of Carrier,
as well as the manufacturing process of some green materials; PET soda bottles turned into work stations, for example.

At $78/sf for hard construction costs, the building consumes half the energy of a comparable conventional building and saves $50,000 annually. Some of its green features are:

– energy-efficient building envelope, including argon-filled, low-e windows
– access floors used for conditional air supply
– highly reflective ceiling tiles, light shelves for daylight penetration, high efficiency indirect lighting
– gas-fired absorption chillers
– removable carpet tiles
– recycled-content workstation fabric and natural fiber upholstery fabric
– occupancy-sensing power strips and controls
– recycled-content entry floor tiles and wall panels
– indigenous landscaping and xeriscaping

Call 717-787-4190 or view it at the Pennsylvania Governors Green Government Council

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