New LA Federal Courthouse Raises the Bar for Energy-Efficient Design
The U.S. Federal Courthouse, officially being opened today by the GSA in downtown Los Angeles, shows the way of what can now be cost-effectively accomplished in energy-efficient design.
Click here to take a virtual tour, created by the LA Times, which describes as ‘a glass cube that seems to float in the air.’
- The building targets a LEED® Platinum certification, and GSA’s 2020 energy target of 35 KBTU/SF*YR annual consumption, through:
A serrated façade comprised of 1,672 energy-efficient glass panels to maximize views and reduce solar heat gain by nearly 50%.
- Extensive daylighting of major spaces, including the 24 courtrooms and jury deliberation rooms within the building perimeter.
- An open central light court with tuned skylight delivering daylight into the heart of the building, coupled with reflectors to enhance shared natural light.
- Displacement ventilation providing enhanced indoor air quality and thermal comfort to all courtrooms and the public circulation areas.
- A radiant heating and cooling slab system providing low energy comfort in the main lobby.
- A high efficiency central plant that includes a heat pump chiller for base heating and cooling loads.
- Rooftop photovoltaic array that is expected to generate 507,000 kWh each year.
- Drought-tolerant landscaping of the plaza and two green roof areas – lightly irrigated by collected rainwater.