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

On our first stop, we explored a basement tunnel system three blocks long and a block wide, revealing layers of technology and design through the last 125 years. We followed the old coal car tracks to a steam heating distribution system and chiller. The tunnels have full access to the entire complex of state buildings and can be used in emergencies to move VIPs.

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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