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ENERGY STAR Labeled Building Profile

330 Desmond Drive SE
Olympia, WA 98504
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The Department of Ecology Headquarters Building was completed in 1993.  At that time the State of Washington had one of the most aggressive energy codes in the United States.  The Department of Ecology, Washington's environmental agency, desired to create a building that was an example of efficiency using existing off-the-shelf technology.  The building designers created a facility that turned out to be 30% more efficient than the Washington's state energy code.

In 2003, the building control system received the first major upgrade to its energy management and control system as well as upgrades to minor ventilation systems. These upgrades further enhanced the energy profile and occupant comfort. The upgrades included, a new digital control system, building pressure controls, building CO2 controls, outside airflow instrumentation, elevator shaft ventilation, new VFDs on return fans, web based work order and building data management system with 24/7 staffing, and a system of interactive kiosks throughout the building to provide system feedback to occupants. Upon completion of the work, the building was then re-commissioned to ensure that all existing and new equipment was operating to the engineer's specification and design.

As a result of these activities, the Department of Ecology Headquarters Building earned the ENERGY STAR in 2005.


Efforts to highlight the energy efficiency improvements made at the Department of Ecology Headquarters Building and the value of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program include the issuing of a press release on August 25, 2005, that was reported on by "The Daily Olympian" and "The Puget Sound Business Examiner." 



Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by State of Washington 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.

Service Provider:

Building Owner:*
State of Washington

Property Manager:*
Department of Ecology

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2005 (81)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 323000 sf

Year Constructed: 1992

Contract Type: Multiple Vendor Contracts
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Other Technologies/Strategies