Awarded LEED GOLD for New Construction | March 2013
This project uses photovoltaic panels (PVs) to aid in the reduction of off-site energy use. The off-site energy that is used is renewable energy purchased from West Texas wind power. The high-efficiency HVAC system does not contain HCFCs, aiding in the protection of the ozone.
Electrical lighting is reduced through the use of natural daylight and reflective interior surfaces. This strategy, along with a reduction of heating and cooling needs, allows for a reduction in energy cost throughout the building's life.
High-efficiency water closets and urinals and low-flow lavatory faucets reduces the total amount of indoor water consumed. By reducing indoor water consumption, buildings are also able to reduce the amount of energy used to heat domestic hot water.
Two 1,000-gallon rainwater collecting cisterns are installed to store water that irrigates the metal planters in the parking lot. Native, drought-tolerant vegetation reduces irrigation needs and improves the micro-climate. Both strategies have eliminated the need for potable water in irrigation use.
Construction waste is a major element to consider when diverting materials from the landfill. Reducing the amount of material needed and recycling content can significantly decrease waste. On-site waste and single stream recycling receptacles are collected by facility staff, then taken to collection points. A total of 160 gallons, emptied twice daily, are designated for recycling.
Regional material is an important component to reducing a building's carbon footprint. Prefabricated components are another great method of reducing material scraps and packaging. Approximately 97% of the total wood-based building materials were harvested from FSC certified forests.
Over $260,000 of the material was extracted or purchased within 500 miles of the site.
8 of the 145 parking spaces are reserved for alternative fuel vehicles. No new parking spaces were added on-site. In addition, vicinity to shared and public transportation promotes alternative methods of travel.
Access to public transportation within 1/2 mile of the building is an important aspect of reducing vehicular fuel emissions.
● Access to views and daylight increase productivity and satisfaction rates.
● Lighting controls enable occupants to make adjustments to suit individual task needs and preferences.
● This project also improves indoor air quality by prohibiting smoking within 25 feet of the building entrances and openings.