Net Zero Energy Meets History In Colorado

First, we brought you word of a Civil War-era home that got a LEED Gold renovation make-over–and later, the story of an historic Indiana Tech campus building that got the same treatment. Now, it would appear, Uncle Sam wants to trump these green overhauls with one of its own.

The General Services Administration recently announced plans to turn the 92-year-old Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colorado, into the country’s first net-zero energy usage historic building.

Grand Junction Courthouse

image via General Services Administration

In order to ensure that the building generates as much energy as it uses, the GSA will install a geothermal heating and cooling system as well as a solar panel array projected to generate enough energy to provide for the power needs of the building. (If any juice happens to be left over, it will be exported to the Grand Junction grid.)

The building will also feature fluorescent light fixtures with wireless controls that will automatically adjust lighting to compensate for natural daylighting, and storm windows coated with solar control film to reduce demands on the building’s heating and cooling system.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.