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Cablegate: Embassy Brasilia Phase 2 Renovation Adopts Green Design

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RR RUEHRG
DE RUEHBR #0955 1961655
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 141655Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY BRASILIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2103
RUEHRG/AMCONSUL RECIFE 8269
RUEHSO/AMCONSUL SAO PAULO 2439
RUEHRI/AMCONSUL RIO DE JANEIRO 6401

UNCLAS BRASILIA 000955

SIPDIS

DEPT PASS OBO WASHDC FOR DONNA MCINTIRE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV EAGR EAID TBIO ECON XR BR
SUBJECT: EMBASSY BRASILIA PHASE 2 RENOVATION ADOPTS GREEN DESIGN
GUILDELINES

1. The US Embassy Brasilia will be embarking on a Phase 2
Renovation of the Embassy Chancery starting in FY2009 or FY2010.
Recognizing the growing importance of environmental issues in Brazil
and South America, the Executive Office of the Embassy Brasilia
requests that the Office of Buildings Operations (OBO) of the
Department of State give the highest priority to environmental
sustainability in the design and construction of the facility
renovation. Per our understanding of OBO's Energy and Sustainable
Design Program, a wide range of environmentally-appropriate
technologies and strategies can be incorporated into facility
renovations, resulting in improved operational efficiency and
reduced ecological impact.

2. It is hoped that OBO's Phase 2 Renovation design and
construction plan, will give thorough attention to optimize energy
efficiency and environmental soundness of the following systems:
Exterior security lighting systems, internal lighting systems and
controls, internal air circulation systems and HVAC controls (for
cooling only), internal potable water systems (use of innovative
bathroom fixtures), potential use of solar water heat (as
appropriate), efficient bathroom hand dryer systems (evaluation of
long-term cost of hand driers or paper towels), use of appropriate
roof insulation, efficient collection systems for waste and
recyclables, and other systems.

3. Local sourcing of building materials (as appropriate) would be
desirable to reduce the ecological impact of the renovation, and
potentially enable Mission Brazil to showcase the newly renovated
facility as a state-of-the-art commitment to high energy efficiency
and environmental sustainability.

KUBISKE

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