EPI's "Green" Office Building
In June 2010, EPI moved into its brand new “green” office building. Built according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards set by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the sustainable building is designed to help EPI minimize its carbon footprint by reducing waste, conserving energy and saving water.
EPI’s new building features 1,200 square feet of green roof, which reduces the volume of storm water runoff from the building while also providing cooling effects in the summer and insulation in the winter.
The green roof combines innovative design with high performing, low maintenance plants to create a functional, beautiful landscape atop the building. It was planted with a mix of sedums and perennials, which thrive in harsh rooftop environments. After its initial setup, the green roof does not require any irrigation – all necessary water is provided by rainfall.
The vegetation is supported by an engineered growing media, which is lightweight, provides a good drainage system, has little organic matter and does not compact. As a result, the media maximizes plant growth and minimizes agricultural runoff into the surrounding environment.
The new building also features dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals in the restrooms to promote water conservation. Turfstone concrete paver walkways outside promote lower local air temperatures and substantially reduce storm water runoff by allowing rainwater to filter back into the soil naturally through openings in the paver walkway.