Seattle, Washington - Archive
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Region 10 Office
This page houses older environmental information about EPA's Region 10 Office in Seattle, Washington. View the Region 10 Office's current facility page.
In 1999, EPA used environmentally responsible design and construction to renovate 8,000 square feet of office space in its current Region 10 Office. This was in addition to a 1998 remodeling of the office's executive suite. Highlights from the two renovations are included below.
- During the renovation, daylighting was maximized by limiting the number of offices on the perimeter and installing glass beside office doors to allow more light through them.
- In addition, occupancy sensors were installed in enclosed offices, and energy-efficient lighting was used throughout the renovation.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Maximizing the reuse of preexisting construction materials for the larger renovations (including doors and door jambs, lights, ceiling tiles, sconces, chair rails, cabinets, insulation, and door hardware) saved 12 percent of the project budget.
- The office space was designed for flexibility and to reduce future construction/deconstruction costs and the associated environmental impacts. For example, reusable carpet tiles and non-marking, movable walls were installed.
- Similar efforts made during remodeling of the executive suites resulted in less than 5 percent of the construction and demolition waste being sent to a landfill.
- During remodeling of its executive offices, the Region 10 Office purchased panel and upholstery fabrics manufactured from 100 percent recycled soda bottles, used carpet tiles specifically manufactured for renewal and reuse, and installed a granite-looking reception counter made of a composite of materials.
- All renovations used paints, adhesives, and sealants with low or no volatile organic compounds.
- Charcoal filters were installed in the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system.
For More Information
- Building a Green Future: A Case Study of EPA Region 10’s Building Renovations (PDF) (8 pp, 639K, About PDF)