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Beardmore Building (Beardmore Building)

Exterior of Beardmore Building
Photo credit: Marie Dominique Verdier


  • Location: Priest River, ID, United States
  • Climate Region: 6B: Cold - Dry
  • Building type(s): Commercial office
  • Renovation of a historic 1922 building, last renovated in 2009
  • 28,800 ft2 (2,680 m2)
  • Project scope: 2-story building
  • Completed January 2009
  • Rating: LEED New Construction (NC) --Level: Gold
    Rating: EPA Energy Star --Level: 90

Originally built in 1922 by Charles Beardmore, the building housed offices, mercantile shops, a ballroom and a theater. After decades of neglect under outside ownership, Brian Runberg, an architect and great-grandson of Charles Beardmore, purchased the building in 2006 and began an extensive whole building historic restoration. According to Runberg, the building fosters "a careful balance between preservation of existing features and the integration of new technologies and sustainable building practices." The Beardmore now has the distinction of being one of the few buildings in the country that is both LEED-Gold certified and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Environmental Aspects

The project demonstrates a very successful renovation in terms of actual energy use compared to older buildings. The actual energy use of the occupied portion is currently 32 kBtu/sf/yr, 66% better than the average U.S. office building.

Some significant features used are:

  • High efficiency packaged HVAC units with economizer
  • Demand controlled ventilation with CO2 sensors
  • Increased insulation
  • Highly reflective "cool" roof
  • High performance glazing
  • High efficiency lighting with occupancy sensors and central control
  • Thorough commissioning

[Added to the HPB Database by New Buildings Institute - Vancouver, WA]

Owner & Occupancy

  • Owned by Beardmore Company, Corporation, for-profit
  • Occupants: Corporation, for-profit

The location currently functions primarily as office space, with tenant leased area comprising 85% of the building (when fully occupied) and a 4,100 square foot theater to be renovated at a later time.


Integrated team, Commissioning, Insulation levels, Glazing, HVAC, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, Efficient lighting, Recycled materials, Daylighting, Natural ventilation

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