On Earth Day, Inhabitat took a tour exploring the bones of the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver. It is the first and only LEED certified capital building in the country, and the first ever to receive a LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certification or LEED EB O&M. Come with us as we take a look at the "power brokering" that goes on behind the scenes.
The state has successfully saved 30% of their energy demand a year or $1.3 million annually, enough savings to fund the retrofits outright. As upgrading existing buildings becomes a paramount duty to lower our energy usage, our government can become essential in leading the way by showing the value of this endeavor. Luckily old buildings like the Colorado State Capitol are actually more energy efficient than most modern buildings and only need TLC and some creative thinking to make them high performance spaces. The next project is to install a $4.6 million dollar geo-source heat pump for the complex that will guarantee great savings for another generation.