An amazing tour of the new U.S. Green Building Council headquarters

The United States Green Building Council recently renovated their 75,000 square foot headquarters, located in Washington, D.C. The building is loaded with the latest energy efficient features and has earned a LEED Platinum rating.


The building offers live tours, but not many of us are able to travel there for a tour. To help show off the building to the rest of us, they’ve created an incredible 3D tour of the building using the Google Earth Plug-in.
The tour gives a brief look at the outside of the building, but spends most of the time inside, where the level of detail is quite remarkable — staircases, meeting rooms, and even bathroom sinks!

An audio tour guides you through the building, and you can click on a variety of items for more detail, photos and video clips. During your tour, you can also choose to download products from the building for use in your own SketchUp designs.
For more info, check out the Google SketchUp Blog, the USGBC Virtual Tour site, or just head there and try it for yourself!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Wow, really freaking cool article. The way Sketchup and Google Earth are integrated is so awesome. You can make a 3D topographic map in about 30 seconds in Sketchup using an imported Google Earth map. Sweet.

Leave a Reply