U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters – Sustainable Design -
Designed to meet LEED® Silver standards, the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters was ultimately was awarded LEED® Gold. The building's many green design features include a brise-soleil made of sustainable wood; a narrow floor-plate that maximizes daylight and views; energy-efficient building systems; green roofs with walking paths; a sustainable landscape plan; and excellent access to public transit.
Two large water retention ponds, one of which doubles as a reflecting pool, collect stormwater runoff and recycle it for landscape irrigation. Waterless urinals and low-flow faucets reduce water use by more than 36 percent. Morever, construction crews worked around two fully occupied buildings, avoiding the temporary relocation of thousands of employees.