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Portland Water Bureau

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GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

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Green Buildings

  • Interstate Renovation Project

    The Water Bureau will achieve LEED certification for two new buildings as part of the Interstate Renovation project.

  • LEED Buildings

    The Water Bureau Meter Shop is LEED Gold certified.

  • LEED Buildings

    The LEED plaque on the Meter Shop.

  • LEED Buildings

    The water meter test bench inside the LEED certified Meter Shop.

Since 2001 the City of Portland’s Green Building Policy has required all new occupied city buildings to be built to green building standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.


Meter Shop LEED

The Water Bureau’s newly renovated Meter Shop was certified as LEED Gold (New Construction) in 2010. The green features of the building include the following:

  • A 12.24 kW solar array which provides ten percent of the building’s power annually
  • An energy recovery ventilation system, which recovers approximately 75 percent of the heat from exhausted heating air
  • Energy-efficient lighting such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • A solar hot water system that provides 100 percent of water-heating needs approximately six months of the year
  • An Energy Star-rated roof, to reduce the heat-island effect (where built urban areas are hotter than nearby rural areas)
  • Window placement to increase natural lighting and ventilation and reduce energy use
  • Building materials made with low percentages of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • A vegetated planter to filter and decrease stormwater run-off

Interstate Renovation Project LEED

The Water Bureau is constructing two new buildings at the Interstate facility – a Maintenance Building and a Shops and Stores Warehouse. Both buildings are being designed to achieve LEED Gold (New Construction) certification. LEED components of these buildings include:

  • A vegetated eco-roof on the Maintenance Building
  • A 78 kW solar array on the Shops and Stores Warehouse
  • Employee access to public transportation options
  • Stormwater runoff control
  • Water-efficient landscaping
  • Construction waste recycling
  • Digitally-controlled heating, ventilation, and cooling system
  • Energy-efficient lighting