Florida office puts energy-saving technology on display

An engineering consultancy based in Tallahassee, Florida, has turned its headquarters into a showcase for the latest energy-saving innovations.

The H2Engineering office building is the first structure in the area to be awarded Gold status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scheme, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Following a $1.62 million (£995,147) renovation, the building features occupancy sensors to control the lighting, an air conditioning unit with variable speeds and humidity sensors, and reflective roof materials that can transfer heat inside the premises.

H2 engineer Ryan Chewning said that giving the office a major green upgrade has been good for business, as well as proving to be popular with the firm's employees.

He told the news provider: "We wanted to show our clients and our clients' clients that we are committed to sustainable design.

"We wanted an environment that would be pleasant for our employees to be in."

The H2 building consumed 1.06 kilowatt hours of electricity per square foot in August this year, down from 2.35 in the corresponding month of 2007.

LEED is a certification scheme developed by the US Green Building Council and applies to both commercial and residential structures.

Published by Susan Jones

Monday 19th October 2009

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