Building a Green Future
EPA, Region 10 Executive Suite Remodel
EPA, Region 10, Seattle, capitalized on a planned remodeling of its executive offices as a unique opportunity to provide leadership to the federal community and the private design and build community by creating a showcase for “green construction” using environmentally responsible practices and materials.
EPA Region 10, focused on incorporating sustainable principles in the planning, design, procurement, demolition, construction, and operation into the renovation of the Region’s Executive Suite. This project parallels EPA’s new way of doing business using market influence as well as regulatory means in the private sector to create environmental improvement. The end result of the project was an executive suite that was aesthetically pleasing, provided a high quality indoor air environment during construction, occupation and operation, and demonstrated our connection to the natural environment. Because this renovation was intended to be a showcase, the lessons learned in planning, implementing and creating a green office were documented and are being used in future construction, operations and maintenance by EPA, the building owner, the designers and contractors.
Areas Covered by the Project
Walls, flooring and furniture
* Installed movable prefabricated full height wall units on top of the carpet tiles.
* Systems furniture replaced traditional furniture.
* Utilized certified wood products on doors, movable wall trim and furniture.
Maximize use of environmentally preferable products.
* Panel and upholstery fabrics manufactured from 100% recycled soda bottles
and a new line of fabrics described as “sustainable”.
* Carpet tiles specifically manufactured for renewal and reuse
* Granite looking reception counter made of a composite of materials.
Implemented energy conservation features and emphasized use of natural light.
* Installed hight-energy efficient fluorescent lighting.
* Installed occupancy sensors in enclosed offices.
* Installed daylight dimming ballast in conference room.
* Utilized full length translucent relights as walls.
* paints containing low or no VOCs
* adhesives with lowest VOC content possible
* no formaldehydes
* water borne polyurethane in door and frame finishes
* gypsum made with recycled paper and the maximum recycled gypsum content
* recycled content metal studs
Less than 5% of the construction and demolition waste was sent to the landfill.
* Materials reused
Wood doors and frames
Sink and faucet
Card key system
* Salvaged materials
Wood doors and frames
Sinks and faucets
* Recycled materials
Acoustic ceiling tiles
* Materials sent to landfill
Rubber base cove
Vinyl floor tile
Small quantity of ceiling tiles.
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Business and Industry Recycling Venture 206-389-7304 www.seattlechamber.com/BIRV
Certified Forest Products Council 503-590-6600 www.certifiedwood.org
Lighting Design Lab 206-325-9711 www.northwestlighting.com
Milliken Carpet 800-241-4826 www.millikencarpet.com
Paladino Consulting 206-522-7600 www.palcon.com
SMED International 206-405-4254 www.smednet.com
Steelcase Design Partnership 206-326-5545 www.steelcase.com
Steelcase Wood Furniture 800-227-2960 www.steelcase.com
Stieg Design 206-624-2313 firstname.lastname@example.org
Turner Construction 206-505-6700 www.turnerconstruction.com
Key Project Findings:
• All team members must have a clear understanding of the project’s goals, their role on the team, and how
final decisions will be made. Make sure top management knows about and agrees with all the goals of the
project. They must be committed to the project and to the success of meeting those goals.
• Write clear, precise, comprehensive, well organized and well researched specifications.
• Communicate with the tradespeople working on the site and make sure that they have read their part of
• Be prepared for trade offs. Be prepared to weigh the trade-offs among the cost, aesthetics, long term
benefits and the environmental profile of a product or of the manufacturer.
Project Dates: End Date December 1998
EPA Funding Level: $325,000
1. Building a Green Future, A Case Study of EPA Region 10's Building Renovations, EPA910-R-99-012
2. EPA's Region 10 Remodels With EPP, http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/ppg/case/region10.htm
3. Building a Green Future website, http://www.epa.gov/r10earth/innovation.htm
4. Building Design & Construction Article to be release hopefully October, 2000.
5. What Makes it GREEN? A Review of Case Studies from Earth Day 1999. AIA Seattle Committee on the Environment.
EPA Contact: Name, program office, phone number, e-mail,
1. Jonell Allamano, Infrastructure and Operations Unit, (206) 553-2954, email@example.com
2. Andrew Hendrickson, Infrastructure and Operations Unit, (206) 553-0302, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Donna Brookfield, Infrastructure and Operations Unit, (206) 553-0082, email@example.com
Utilized materials maufactured without the release of carcinogens, persistent toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and toxic substances. Construction specifications stipulated the use of