CFC’s headquarters building in Dulles, Virginia, opened in September 2011 and was designed with the unique needs of CFC's members in mind. The cost-effective, state-of-the-art facility pairs traditional elements of Virginia architecture—drawing on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for inspiration—with advanced systems centered on redundancy, energy efficiency and security.
Drawing inspiration from electric cooperative headquarters buildings across the country, CFC’s building was planned with efficiency and conservation in mind. It has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification as established by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Combined, energy-saving strategies throughout the building shave energy use by an estimated 30 percent, compared with a base-case ASHRAE standard.
Onsite Power | Two combined-fuel (natural gas/diesel) generators provide 1 MW of backup power. Computer and telephone systems are powered by onsite natural gas-fired microturbines.
Geothermal Wells | Fifty-two, 400-foot-deep vertical geothermal wells provide heating and cooling for the atrium, lobby, stairwells and fitness center.
Efficient Windows | Daylight use is maximized throughout the facility, with low-emissivity (Low-E) window coatings to control heat transfer.
Wastewater Use | A local municipal water reclamation center feeds reclaimed water to the irrigation, fire suppression, HVAC and restroom facilities, providing 90 percent of the building’s water at 75 percent the cost of standard city service.