Columbia, Missouri's City Hall Addition is designed to attain a LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) green rating system. The LEED rating system allows us to see our City Hall Addition's immediate, measurable impact on key concerns like energy conservation, global climate change and occupant health.
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What: Water-efficient landscaping at City Hall.
Why: Water-efficient landscaping helps to conserve local and regional potable water resources. The water efficient irrigation at City Hall will reduce potable water use by 98%.
Where: Throughout the City Hall site.
What: Flooring made of durable materials, recycled content materials, and rapidly renewable materials.
Why: Flooring made from durable materials, like terrazzo, stand up over time and reduce the need for replacement with new materials. Materials made from recycled content and rapidly renewable materials reduce our need for virgin materials.
Where: There is terrazzo flooring in the lobby, restrooms, and all elevator lobbies. All of the carpet in City Hall is made from recycled content. Cork flooring, a rapidly renewable material, can be found in the second floor reception.
What: Countertops made from recycled glass.
Why: Products made with recycled content keep materials out of our landfills and completes the recycling loop – making it a success. Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
Where: You can find the recycled glass countertops at our information and reception desks, break rooms, and restrooms.
What: Toilets that have two flush options (low and regular).
Why: Toilets are by far the main source of water use. Recent advancements have allowed toilets to use 20 percent less water than the current federal standard. Lifting Handle UP initiates reduced flush, eliminating liquid and paper waste, saving a gallon of water. Pushing Handle DOWN initiates full flush, eliminating solid waste and paper .
Where: All the toilets in City Hall are dual-flush toilets.
What: Faucets with low flow aerators.
Why: By adopting and promoting water-efficient products, users can greatly reduce annual water and energy costs, as well as help reduce the stress on natural resources. Low-flow fixtures can reduce water consumption by almost 50%.
Where: All faucets in City Hall are low-flow.
What: Recycled content carpets, wallpapers, and upholstery.
Why: Products made with recycled content keep materials out of our landfills and completes the recycling loop – making it a success.
Where: Audience chairs in Council Chambers and additionally throughout City Hall. Woven-grass wallpaper in the reception area on floor two. All of the carpet in City Hall is made from recycled content.
What: Energy-efficient lighting throughout City Hall.
Why: Lighting is responsible for 30 percent of electricity use in commercial facilities. Columbia is projected to use 29% less energy than typical commercial buildings and part of this is having energy efficient lighting and natural daylighting where possible.
Where: All of the lighting in City Hall.
What: Casework made from bamboo with interiors made from wheat straw and sunflower hulls.
Why: Bamboo and the agrifibers are all rapidly renewable resources. Rapidly renewable resources are typically harvested within a ten-year cycle or shorter. The wheat straw and sunflower hulls are recovered waste from agriculture production and are sourced within 250 miles of Columbia. .
Where: These can be found throughout the first floor and in the Mayor and City Manager’s offices.