Several energy conservation features were included to reduce consumption of electricity by 20% and natural gas by 30%, lowering the building’s greenhouse gas impact by 55 tons per year. The materials used in construction were extracted, harvested, and manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the construction site. The envelope of the building was designed to be as energy efficient as it could possibly be, with low VOC materials and a Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof.
The building also includes waterless urinals, designed to save up to 40,000 gallons of water per year when properly used, and space is provided for recycling computers and other electronics within the facility. This innovative structure helped Argonne win its second White House “Closing the Circle” award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship through Pollution Prevention in 2002.