City Hall renovation in Missouri gets LEED Gold

October 13, 2011

Columbia, Missouri, was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Building Council (USGBC) for its City Hall building, according to the Missourian.

The city hall was awarded the Gold certification from the USGBC due to the amount of sustainable technology and green design that was used in the construction of the building, the news source reported.

According to the Missourian, the building was built with low-flow water faucets, dual-flush toilets, water detention technology, energy efficient heating and cooling and renewable construction materials.

Energy efficient buildings like the Columbia City Hall are given recognition from the USGBC as part of an effort to improve the sustainability of structures across the county, which currently account for 40 percent of the total energy consumption in the U.S.

The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC) is part of a nationwide effort by the Department of Energy to reduce this 40 percent consumption. The site, located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, serves as a living laboratory for the development and design of associated technology for structures.