Research Support Annex (Annex 2)
Total Facility Area: 42,750 gross square feet (GSF)
Estimated Personnel: 90 persons
Energy Consumption: not available
Btu per GSF per Year: not available
Water Consumption: not available
Gallons per GSF per year: not available
Annex 2 does not report separate data for energy and water use. They are reported as part of the overall reporting data from the Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center (AWBERC), to which Annex 2 is attached.
EPA's 42,750-GSF Annex 2, is attached to the Agency's Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center (AWBERC), located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The north wing of Annex 2 was completed and occupied in September 2007, and the west wing was completed and occupied in January 2008. Half of Annex 2 is being used as permanent office space for various agencies, and the other half is serving as temporary "swing space" during a major infrastructure replacement project (IRP) at AWBERC. The IRP is a multi-year, multi-phase, multi-million-dollar project that will replace all of the air handlers, vertical and horizontal supply ductwork, control systems, exhaust systems, and associated equipment at AWBERC. Eventually, Annex 2 will permanently house 70 EPA employees and will free up office space in AWBERC that can be converted to accommodate new laboratories.
Unique Environmental Features
Annex 2 received the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® for new construction version 2.1/2.2 Gold level certification in December 2008. The LEED rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings, which promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability. View the LEED scorecard for Annex 2 (PDF) (1 pp, 76K, About PDF). Annex 2 meets the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings (Guiding Principles) due to its existing LEED certification.
- Annex 2 features state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building systems, including temperature controls, variable air volume air and water side economizers that allow for 100 percent outside air ventilation when possible, and under-the-floor ventilation that reduces energy use by an average of 6 percent. The ventilation system also allows for optimum comfort levels for building occupants.
- Because of its energy-efficient design, no additional heating or cooling equipment needed to be installed in Annex 2. The facility draws all of its heating and cooling needs from the existing primary system located in the main AWBERC building.
- Extensive daylighting around the perimeter of the building, a skylight in the ceiling, and occupancy sensors throughout the building combine to provide maximum daylight exposure and minimize the use of artificial light.
- An 8,322 square foot green roof helps conserve energy by providing thermal insulation.
- Advanced metering at the facility, including sub-metering for electrical and water use, helps building facility managers identify and fix any power drains and water leaks.
- EPA offsets 100 percent of the electricity consumption at Annex 2 with renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased through the Agency's blanket green power contract. Learn more about EPA's blanket green power contracts.
- In addition to advanced metering for water use, all plumbing fixtures installed in Annex 2 are water-efficient (e.g., dual-flush toilets) and are expected to reduce the facility’s water use by 35 percent from the baseline fixture performance requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
- The facility grounds feature xeriscaping and native vegetation that requires no additional water for irrigation.
- In the triangular courtyard between Annexes 1 and 2, EPA incorporated low impact development sustainable landscaping, including permeable pavement and native vegetation. This feature, along with the building's green roof, will help to manage stormwater runoff in the area and minimize the heat island effect of the building.
Waste Reduction and Recycling - Construction
- During the construction process, EPA selected recycled-content and/or local materials and supplies and diverted 95 percent of construction wastes from landfills through exemplary waste management.
Waste Reduction and Recycling - Operations
- EPA installed recycling bins throughout Annex 2 and implemented a recycling program for mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum cans, fluorescent lamps, and batteries.
- In coordination with the above activities, EPA's Cincinnati facilities have established an Environmental Management System (EMS).
For More Information About This Facility
For a more detailed summary of Annex 2's environmental features, including photos, view Sustainable Facilities at EPA: Research Support Annex 2, Cincinnati, Ohio (PDF) (4 pp, 690 KB).
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