Rain Gardens for Improved Water Quality
Brendle Group has two rain gardens on our site that are strategically placed to collect stormwater runoff from our building's rooftop. By redirecting our downspouts to the rain gardens, runoff that was previously draining to the storm sewer, and eventually our local river, is now infiltrating into the ground while naturally filtering pollutants from the water. We designed and constructed our rain gardens with the help of the Colorado Stormwater Center's Rain Garden Guide.
Award Winning Design
212 Mulberry, LEED Gold-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, was also the recipient of a 2011 City of Fort Collins Urban Design Award.
Brendle Group's Headquarters: A Showcase for Sustainable Design
Brendle Group's headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado represents a key aspect of green building, focusing on building re-use instead of new construction. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for 36 percent of energy use and 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. More than 2.2 million of the nation’s 2.7 million buildings constructed before 1980 have been using the same inefficient lighting and mechanical systems for three decades, highlighting the tremendous value in retrofitting existing buildings.
With a focus on energy performance, the renovation supports the vision and goals of the Fort ZED project (www.fortzed.com) to transform downtown Fort Collins and Colorado State University into one of the largest net zero energy districts of its kind in the world, while providing yet another example of clean energy innovation for Northern Colorado.