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EPA Region VIII Headquarters
1595 Wynkoop
Denver, CO 80202
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 Office is a 248,849-square-foot facility located in Denver, CO, that serves approximately 850 employees. The facility, a product of more than 3 years of planning, design, and construction, serves as a hallmark of environmental sustainability in a prominent lower downtown historic district location.

EPA and the General Services Administration (GSA) worked together to select the development team and design for EPA's Region 8 Office so that the building represents the best in design, work environment, environmental performance, and security while providing a good value for the taxpayers. Using EPA's Target Finder tool, the design team rated the building's estimated energy use during the design phase and achieved Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR, indicating its intended energy performance ranked in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide. Achieving Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR is the first step in attaining energy and cost savings over the life of a building. After 2 full years in operation, the building also earned the ENERGY STAR in 2008 for superior energy performance, receiving an ENERGY STAR score of 96.

The energy requirements for the building were approached from a whole building design perspective. Among the energy efficiency measures used in the building are an under-floor air delivery system, an energy-efficient HVAC system with temperature setpoints, daylight dimming controls, air-side economizers, and a heat recovery system. The building design also provides for natural light in 85 percent of floor space. Reflective surfaces, task lighting, daylighting dimmers, and occupancy sensors reduce energy use as the lights are only on when the room is occupied and automatically turn off in empty rooms. All mechanical and electrical systems were commissioned systematically for quality assurance. The building also features a green roof, which minimizes heat gain and loss and helps absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In addition, the building also generates power through PV panels on the roof and supports the generation of renewable energy in the form of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind turbines across several states.


The EPA Region 8 Office promotes sustainable energy design by:
Hosting educational tours of its facility for the public.
Maintaining a robust Web presence, including case study information and extensive project details.
Participating in green events and conferences.


"The energy performance at the EPA Region 8 Headquarters is a testament to superior building design and construction coupled with ongoing energy-efficient building operating practices.  Green-built structures require occupant and management strategies to reflect the spirit in which they were built, thus enhancing energy efficiency.  The EPA Region 8 Headquarters were designed with sustainable energy use in mind, and the efficient operation of the building by tenants and management has maximized the building's energy and cost savings potential. Earning the ENERGY STAR reflects our dedication to reducing our carbon footprint and continuously looking for ways to improve our energy performance."

-- Amy Smith, Senior Property Manager, Opus Northwest Management, LLC

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Denver EPA OC, LLC or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

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Building Owner:*
Denver EPA OC, LLC

Property Manager:*
Opus Northwest Management, LLC

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2008 (96)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 301292 sf

Year Constructed: 2006

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant