Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory
78,006 gross square feet (GSF)
FY 2015: 163,136 Btu per GSF
24.4% reduction from FY 2003 baseline
FY 2015: 51.94 gallons per GSF
39.5% reduction from FY 2007 baseline
Gulf Breeze, Florida
The laboratory is a primary research facility of EPA’s Office of Research and Development National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory.
- EPA has conducted pilot assessments at this facility to identify vulnerabilities and opportunities to improve resiliency to the impacts of climate change.
- EPA developed a checklist of climate change resiliency considerations, including severe weather events expected to occur in the region (e.g., hurricanes).
- Landscaping is native, self-sustaining vegetation that does not require landscape irrigation. A grassed swale helps convey stormwater from impervious surfaces to those that can detain or absorb runoff.
- EPA’s Computational and Geospatial Sciences Building #67 received the U.S. Green Building Councils LEED® Silver for New Construction (version 2.2) certification in April 2009.
- The building uses a rainwater capture and reuse system to supply urinals and dual-flush toilets. Water-efficient high-performance plumbing fixtures were installed throughout the building.
- This building also meets the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings.
For more information, read Sustainable Facilities at EPA: Computational and Geospatial Sciences Building, Gulf Breeze, Florida or visit the EPA Facility Contact List.