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.
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.