Birmingham airport soars to new sustainability standard

Birmingham airport soars to new sustainability standard

The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has been awarded LEED gold for new construction as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Business Certification.

LEED is the preeminent program for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The Birmingham Airport Authority achieved its certification for energy use, lighting innovation, water conservation and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies, reports the Birmingham Business Journal.

“This LEED certification is yet another positive component of the $201 million Terminal Modernization Project. Congratulations to everyone associated with the project,” said Al Denson, Birmingham Airport Authority president and CEO.

LEED certification of BHM was based on a number of green design, construction and operational features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

• Energy modeling was performed throughout the design process to evaluate energy consumption and to maintain the model, as designed.

• Maximizing the use of natural daylight to improve passenger experience and to minimize the need for artificial lighting.

• High-efficiency light fixtures to minimize energy consumption when artificial lighting is used.

• Regional materials: 44.47 percent of the total building materials have been extracted, harvested or recovered as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

• Rainwater harvesting to reduce water consumption by building occupants and reducing discharge into the storm water drainage system.

• High-efficiency thermal building envelope and solar water heating at public restroom clusters to reduce energy consumption.

• Recycled content: 22.66 percent of the total building materials content, by value, has been manufactured using recycled materials.

• Waste management practices were used by the construction manager throughout the project to practice construction activity pollution prevention.


Topics: Airports / Aviation, Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Energy Saving Products, Engineering Firms, Lighting - Energy Efficient Lighting, Sustainable Communities, Technology, Thermal Envelope - Building Envelope, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC, Water Saving Strategies and Devices

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