Deal said saving energy was by design.
- Crews used environmentally-friendly paints and carpets throughout the building.
- Much of the lighting is provided by efficient LED bulbs, which use about half the electricity of incandescent ones.
- Exhibit halls are built below ground, offering a layer of natural insulation.
- The rooms also have motion sensors to detect when people enter, and keep lights off when rooms are empty. "The facility responds to their location and sends heating or cooling to those areas," Deal added.
- Outside, the white roof and walls reflect rather than absorb sunlight and heat.
- In the bathrooms, sensors help reduce wasted water. Faucets run and toilets flush automatically, using low-flow principles.
Meeker said city planners hope to apply some of the same green principles to the new police headquarters. That project is in the planning stages, with construction to begin in 2009.
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