Washington Gas facility earns LEED gold
The new Northwest Station Fleet Facility of Washington Gas has earned LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
From the outset, Washington Gas worked to verify and document that the Rockville, Md., building and all of its systems and assemblies were planned, designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained to meet LEED requirements, according to a release. In addition, the facility exceeded the requirement of 13 percent renewable power with an almost 50 kW solar system that provides 20 percent of the facility’s consumed power, and implemented energy optimization, storm water management and indoor air quality systems.
All of those steps ensure that the facility lowers energy usage and costs, reduces its impact on the environment and provides a safe, comfortable and healthy work environment, officials said.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient, use less water and energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money.
Washington Gas implemented several key initiatives to earn LEED gold status:
- Access to public transportation
- 20 percent recycled or salvaged materials used in construction and 20 percent regional content
- 75 percent of construction waste recycled or salvaged
- Water-efficient landscaping
- Indoor air quality efforts including low-emitting materials in paints, coatings, floorings and more
The new fleet building is the second WGL-owned office to be recognized in the LEED rating program. In 2012, Washington Gas’ Springfield Center achieved LEED gold certification.
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