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Civic Center Green Building Features

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What is green building?

A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; improving employee productivity; using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment. In the United States, buildings account for:

  • 36% of total energy use 
  • 65% of electricity consumption 
  • 30% of greenhouse gas emissions 
  • 30% of raw materials use 
  • 30% of waste output (equal to 136 million tons annually) 
  • 12% of potable water consumption

Green Building Features

From it's conception, the Civic Center project has been designed to green building standards. The project has been designed to a LEED Certified standard using the LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovation rating system. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is an internationally recognized green building standard that provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
Below is a sampling of green building practices used in our project:

Siting

  • Infill site within walking distance of other City buildings, Post Office, housing, shopping and services. 
  • Site well suited to take advantage of public transportation along Bonita Avenue.
  • Protect and retain existing landscaping and natural features. Select plants that have low water and pesticide needs, and generate minimum plant trimmings. 
  • Recycled content paving materials, furnishings, and mulches.

Energy Efficiency

  • Passive design strategies can dramatically affect building energy performance. These measures include building shape and orientation, passive solar design, and the use of natural lighting. 
  • High-efficiency lighting systems with advanced lighting controls. Include motion sensors tied to dimmable lighting controls. Task lighting reduces general overhead light levels.
  • Properly sized and energy-efficient heat/cooling system in conjunction with a thermally efficient building shell. 
  • Maximize light colors for roofing and wall finish materials 
  • Minimal glass on south and west exposures. 
  • Minimize the electric loads by using Energy Star rated lighting, equipment, and appliances.

Materials Efficiency

  • Select sustainable construction materials and products by evaluating several characteristics such as reused and recycled content, zero or low off gassing of harmful air emissions, zero or low toxicity, sustainably harvested materials, high recyclability, durability, longevity, and local production. 
  • Reuse and recycle construction and demolition materials. For example, using inert demolition materials as a base course for a parking lot keeps materials out of landfills and costs less.

Water Efficiency

  • Minimize wastewater by using ultra low-flush toilets, low-flow "hands-free" faucets, and other water conserving fixtures. 
  • Drought tolerant landscaping and efficient irrigation systems. 
  • Plants grouped by their water needs.

Links

Completed Civic Center Project

Civic Center Green Building Features

City Hall Renovation Slideshow

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