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Pollution Prevention (P2)

Leading By Example: Two Case Studies Documenting How the EPA Incorporated Environmental Features into New Buildings

The U.S. government is currently building two new facilities that together will provide working space for 9,000 EPA employees. Upon completion, they will be the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) two largest facilities. The EPA headquarters facility will provide consolidated space in Washington, DC, for the Agency’s 6,800 headquarters personnel. It currently includes space in the new Ronald Reagan Building and also will include space in several of the newly renovated buildings in the Federal Triangle complex. The second facility will provide laboratory and office space for 2,200 EPA scientists and other professionals in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina.

This document includes a case study for each of the EPA projects. Each details the decision-making process EPA used when selecting environmental design components

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