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Ada County Courthouse & Administration Bldg
200 W Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
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The Ada County Courthouse and Administration building is a five-story, 356,300 square foot building located at 200 West Front Street in Boise, Idaho.  Construction of the facility began in January 2000 with occupancy in January 2002.  It is a multi-purpose facility with offices and meeting rooms for County Commissioners and County employees in various administrative departments, as well as space for County court-related functions such as the Public Defenders' Office and Prosecuting Attorneys' Office.  The facility serves the public by providing courtrooms for magistrate courts and district courts, along with other county services such as Vehicle Licensing and Welfare services. 

The Ada County Courthouse and Administration building earned the EPA's ENERGY STAR  largely as the result of excellent design and top-notch operations and maintenance (O&M) practices.  The original design and equipment specifications incorporated energy efficient measures including a geothermal heating system, multi-staged chillers, variable drive pumps and motors, and fresh air economizers, all automatically controlled by a direct digital control (DDC) system.  Other steps taken to increase efficiency include insulated ductwork, insulated water lines, Low-E (emissivity) glass, and window tinting.  Energy efficient lighting was installed using mainly electronic ballasts and T-8 lamps.  Modular workstations have a transparent panel on the top portion of the cubicle walls to allow the natural daylight to penetrate further into the space. 

Energy efficiency and environmentally-responsible design was a priority from the beginning, but good O&M practices are equally important to keep the building operating as designed.  Ada County is very proud to have earned the first ENERGY STAR through NACo's ENERGY STAR Courthouse Campaign.


A public ceremony marked the unveiling of the ENERGY STAR plaque on October 12, 2004, in the first floor lobby of the building.  Ada County Commissioners were on-hand along with the Director of the EPA's Idaho Operations office and a Community Services  Associate from the National Association of Counties (NACo).  In addition, Ada County was featured in NACo's County News newspaper, the Energy Efficiency Network newsletter, and the Leadership Letter newsletter, and EPA's Local Government newsletter.


"We believed it was our responsibility to build a sustainable structure and incorporate energy efficiency in the construction from day one.  The building is safe and comfortable for employees and visitors, and easy and cost-effective to maintain and operate."

-- Dave Logan, Director of Operations, Ada County Operations Department

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Ada County 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.

Building Owner:*
Ada County

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Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2004 (76)
2005 (79)
2006 (83)
2007 (85)
2008 (84)
2009 (84)
2010 (84)
2011 (82)
2012 (82)
2014 (75)
2016 (79)

Facility Type: Courthouse

Total Floorspace: 356300 sf

Year Constructed: 2000

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant