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U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters – MEP

The U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters is a leading example of integrated design. The multidisciplinary approach this project minimized the building's impact on the natural environment, maximized aesthetics and functionality, and encouraged the highest level of occupant comfort.

The typical office floors are served by a low-pressure under-floor air distribution system. Interior zones are provided adjustable “swirl diffusers” for thermal comfort control. The raised floor plenums contain telephone, data, and power distribution systems and can easily accommodate layout changes. Daylighting controls and motion sensors reduce electric lighting and maintain minimum light levels. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals contribute to a reduction in potable water use of more than 30 percent. Earning LEED®-NC Gold certification and an Energy Star rating of 91, the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters is a model of high-performance architecture.

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