Better Buildings Challenge partner Knoxville, TN., hosted David Friedman, the acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE, for a two-day visit in December that included a tour of the Public Works complex.
Knoxville’s new Public Works complex is a $15 million, 45,560 sq. ft. facility built to LEED Silver standards (presently in the process of certification). The tour was led by Knoxville’s sustainability director, Erin Gill, sustainability project manager, Brian Blackmon, and director of public service, Chad Weth.
The newly-constructed complex takes advantage of the building envelope to increase energy efficiency, and captures natural light for most workspaces. The building utilizes up-to-date geo-thermal heating and air conditioning systems. It also features an open floor plan and an extensive green roof available for tenant use.
The city has other LEED Silver facilities, including the public transit center (built on a freeway overpass) and the Knoxville Convention Center, the city’s Better Buildings Challenge showcase project.
In addition to being a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge, Knoxville is also a member of the Better Communities Alliance. The Knoxville Utilities Board also participates in the Better Buildings Wastewater Infrastructure Accelerator.