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Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces LEED Gold Certification for U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 18, 2012


The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announced today that the newly constructed U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia was awarded the gold level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification under LEED for New Construction.

This U.S. Embassy is the first building in Liberia to receive LEED certification, and the tenth LEED certified U.S. Diplomatic mission.

The Embassy was designed to reduce energy and water consumption when compared to a standard office building. Energy-efficient technologies utilized by the embassy include an adsorption chiller; occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting technologies; electric traction elevators; and variable frequency drives. A prominent 180-kilowatt array of photovoltaic panels generates emissions-free electricity while providing shaded parking for Embassy vehicles.

During construction several tree preservation areas were established to protect nine rainforest species called Ceiba pentandra or silk-cotton trees. Further, the site’s landscape design was designed to require only rainfall – no permanent irrigation system was needed or installed.

LEED certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs while increasing asset value, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safer for occupants, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

The Embassy in Monrovia was constructed by general contractor B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama and designed by the architectural firm Page Southerland Page of Arlington, Virginia. Landscape design was completed by LaPierre Studio of Alexandria, Virginia and mechanical, electrical and plumbing design was completed by H&A Architects and Engineers of Glen Allen, Virginia.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For further information, please contact Christine T. Foushee at or (703) 875-4131, or visit

PRN: 2012/1169

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