Fast Company commends GSA Federal Center South Building 1202 as an energy-efficient facility that meets and actually exceeds the high-performance goals its design set out to achieve, as documented in an evaluation conducted one year after occupancy. Citing an NPR story about projects designed to high-performance standards that fall short of their goals, Fast Company applauds the ZGF designed, 209,000 SF building for performing at an “aggressively energy-efficient” level, highlighting the building’s use of natural light, its glazing and shading strategies to avoid overheating, its underfloor air circulation, and the integration of phase-change material as part of a thermal storage tank.
The piece notes that “…the entire campus of Federal Center South where Building 1202 is located reduced its energy use by 40% between 2011 and 2013, ten percentage points lower than its goal of 30%. The amount of energy saved by the whole campus would be the equivalent of what 311 Seattle homes would normally use in a year. Oh, and with reclaimed timber interiors and tree-filled atriums, it’s pretty, too.”