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Virginia architecture company takes going green to the extreme

on Monday,November 02,2009 22:11

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Green structures and sustainable buildings are the current vogue in the architectural world and one Virginia-based company has taken its passion for eco-friendly design to another level as Richmond''s Moseley Architects opens its new office from a renovated industrial garage.

Originally used to retrofit trucks with cherry pickers, augers and backhoes, the building has been officially honored by the U.S. Green Building Council with the Platinum Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design award, which recognizes the level of ecological achievement by the $10 million renovation.

"It was a big, previously ugly, unsightly and underutilized building," Mimi Sadler, a historical architect and tax credit consultant tells the Richmond Times Dispatch."Now it''s a welcoming beacon inviting people to do good architecture and good design…before it was just depressing."

The office boasts a vegetable garden on the roof to better manage storm water runoff, natural lighting systems to cut energy use, bamboo paneling to better manage heating costs, low flow toilets, all-natural cubicle dividers and an effective laundry list of other eco-friendly building techniques and materials.

The company is the recipient of several government contracts to build more ecological schools, government offices and even federal correction facilities.

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