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Greening EPA

First Environments Early Learning Center (FEELC)

Photo of the First Environments Early Learning Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

25,400 gross square feet (GSF)

Energy Intensity:
FY 2019: 63,217 Btu per GSF

Water Intensity:
FY 2019: 16.17 gallons per GSF
20.9% reduction from FY 2007

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

FEELC is a state-of-the art facility that enables EPA to extend child care services to 188 children. The building includes 20 classrooms, a large multipurpose room, a commercial-grade kitchen, infant care rooms and an outdoor playground.

Sustainable Features

  • FEELC received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Silver for New Construction (version 2.1) certification in February 2008.
  • FEELC meets the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings due to its existing LEED certification.
  • Duke Power operates a 476-panel photovoltaic system on the roof of FEELC.
  • An ENERGY STAR® qualified roof and high albedo concrete paving decrease heat absorption and reduce the amount of energy required for cooling.
  • Energy-efficient lighting includes occupancy sensors and daylighting dimmers.
  • Two cisterns collect and store rainwater for garden irrigation.

For more information, visit the RTP campus website or the EPA Facility Contact List.

Visit Sustainable Design of EPA’s Campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, for details about the environmental requirements included in this facility’s construction contract.