Pollution Prevention Workgroup

Environmental Impact of Construction, Design and Use

The building design, construction, use and de-construction will minize impact on the environment. The design will be integrated with the natural features of the site.

Energy Efficiency, Conservation and Use of Renewables

The building will have an energy efficiency goal of 50-70% above ASHRAE 90.1, with energy costs of 73 cents (or less) per square foot or 46,000 BTU per square foot. Renewables will supply 10% or more of the building's energy needs. The design will maximize the use of natural lighting and achieve optimal use of passive solar design.


The building will serve as an example of green building principles, and will be designed so that visitors and occupants can learn from the building itself. The design will facilitate that learning process by, for example, having an area to accomodate guided tours.

Durability and Flexibility

The building will be designed for a life of greater than 50 years. The design will consider future needs for expansion, remodeling and de-construction.

Life Cycle Considerations

Decisions regarding the building design, construction, use and de-construction will take into account the total life-cycle cost of those decisions. Those non-traditional, environmentally preferable alternatives with a payback of less than 10 years should be adopted. Alternatives with a payback of 10-15 years should be given serious consideration. In general, alternatives with paybacks of over 15 years should be considered for demonstration purposes only.

Employee Health and Safety

The workplace will be continuously free of toxics and allergens to the extent feasible. Workspaces will be flexible and ergonomically design. The building design will encourage environmentally protective and healthy beahaviors.

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