Seattle's Green City Hall Criticized For Energy Use

The new Seattle City Hall was designed to meet stringent energy-efficiency requirements. Why does the building use more energy than the older buildings it replaced?
July 7, 2005, 12pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Seattle's new City Hall was designed with the environment in mind, using the most energy-efficient technologies. But the building acts like an old-fashioned electricity hog. It has lofty public spaces and walls of glass designed to welcome citizens and suggest an open and transparent government. It also uses 15 percent to 50 percent more electricity some months than the older, larger building it replaced, according to Seattle City Light utility bills."

Thanks to Jeremy R. Poling

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Published on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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