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Greening EPA

Third-Party High Performance Building Certifications at EPA

ENERGY STAR®

Since 2003, EPA has required all large, newly leased buildings to earn the ENERGY STAR label. As a result of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, all new leases must have earned the ENERGY STAR label within one year prior to the due date of final proposals, or within 18 months of occupancy for new construction.

Three EPA Headquarters facilities have earned the ENERGY STAR label:

  • Arlington, Virginia: Potomac Yard One EPA Headquarters Building (2018)
  • Washington, DC: William J. Clinton Federal Buildings East, West, and Connecting Wing (2012)
  • Washington, DC: William J. Clinton Federal Buildings North and South (2011)

In addition, all EPA regional offices have earned the ENERGY STAR label:

  • Boston, Massachusetts: Region 1 Office (2015)
  • New York, New York: Region 2 Office (2012)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Region 3 Office (2018)
  • Atlanta, Georgia: Region 4 Office (2013)
  • Chicago, Illinois: Region 5 Office (2018)
  • Dallas, Texas: Region 6 Office (2018)
  • Lenexa, Kansas: Region 7 Office (2016)
  • Denver, Colorado: Region 8 Office (2018)
  • San Francisco, California: Region 9 Office (2018)
  • Seattle, Washington: Region 10 Office (2013)

LEED®

LEED is a building certification program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. It has several levels of certification that can apply to new building design and construction (BD+C); existing building operations and maintenance (O+M); and interior design and construction (ID+C). The table below summarizes LEED certifications for EPA-occupied buildings.

Facility Certification Level
Arlington, Virginia: Potomac Yard One LEED BD+C 2.1 Gold
LEED O+M 2.0 Gold
LEED O+M 2009 Platinum
Boise, Idaho: Idaho Operations Office LEED BD+C 1.0 Platinum
LEED ID+C 2009 Gold
Boston, Massachusetts: Region 1 Office LEED BD+C 2.2 Gold
LEED O+M 2009 Gold
Chelmsford, Massachusetts: New England Regional Laboratory LEED BD+C 1.0 Gold
Cincinnati, Ohio: Annex II LEED BD+C 2.1/2.2 Gold
Dallas, Texas: Region 6 Office LEED O+M 2008 Silver
LEED O+M 2009 Gold
Denver, Colorado: Region 8 Office LEED BD+C 2.1 Gold
Fort Meade, Maryland: Environmental Science Center LEED O+M 2009 Certified
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico: Caribbean Environ. Protection Division LEED ID+C 2009 Gold
Gulf Breeze, Florida: Building 67 LEED BD+C 2.2 Silver
Kansas City, Kansas: Kansas City Science & Tech. Center LEED BD+C 2.0 Gold
Lacey, Washington: Region 10 Washington Operations Office LEED O+M 1.0 Silver
Las Vegas, Nevada: La Plaza Buildings A, B, C, D and E LEED O+M 2009 Silver/Gold
Lenexa, Kansas: Region 7 Office LEED BD+C 2.2 Silver
LEED BD+C 2009 Gold
LEED O+M 2009 Platinum
Los Angeles, California: Southern California Field Office LEED O+M 2009 Gold
New Haven, Connecticut: Robert N. Giaimo Federal Building  LEED O+M 2009 Certified 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Region 3 Office LEED O+M 2009 Gold
RTP, North Carolina: A-Wing Addition LEED BD+C 2009 Gold
RTP, North Carolina: First Environments Early Learning Center LEED BD+C 2.1 Silver
RTP, North Carolina: National Computer Center LEED BD+C 2.0 Silver
San Francisco, California: Region 9 Office LEED ID+C 2009 Platinum
LEED O+M 2.0 Gold
LEED O+M 2009 Platinum
Seattle, Washington: Region 10 Office LEED ID+C 2009 Gold
LEED O+M 2.0 Platinum
LEED O+M 2009 Platinum
Washington, DC: William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building (East, West) LEED O+M 2009 Certified
Washington, DC: William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building (North, South) LEED O+M 2009 Silver

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