Ada County Courthouse and Administration Building: Boise, ID
Even a new building that is designed for efficiency and sustainability can improve its performance through constant monitoring, adjustments, maintenance and annual evaluation of systems. A recommissioning project, annual reviews of electricity consumption and load factors, and facilities staff training have contributed to the building’s energy savings. This Boise, Idaho, building takes advantage of a municipal geothermal heating system, which uses water from hot springs to heat buildings. A rail yard formerly occupied the site, which was designated as a brownfield.