Gallery: Colorado’s State Capitol is the First and Only LEED Certified ...

The exquisite Colorado Rose Onyx marble that defines the halls was from a local quarry near Beulah, Colorado, and the capitol consumed the entire source. In one pattern, it is said you can see a portrait of the "unsinkable" Molly Brown - a Colorado native famous for surviving the sinking of the Titanic.

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.


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