The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is a voluntary, internationally recognized program that provides third party verification of green buildings. The Airline Terminal Project exceeded its goal for a LEED Silver certification and achieved LEED Gold. Many of the unseen green building features not only protect the environment but also enhance the passenger’s experience. Following are just a few of the features that led to the Project’s LEED Gold rating:
• The Project received an “exemplary performance” achieving an extra point as over 95% of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill. As part of the effort, all of the existing red roof tile was reused for rehabilitation of the Earle Ovington Terminal. As well, the majority of all concrete and asphalt that was deconstructed from the site was reused to build the new terminal road and short-term parking lot.
• Water efficiency was achieved by reducing potable water consumption for landscape irrigation by 50% and within the building use of high efficiency fixtures achieved a 30% reduction in water consumption.
• Bicycle racks and lockers for passenger, employee bicycle storage and shower and changing facilities were among the alternative transportation strategies.
• A 42% improvement in energy performance above the baseline standard was achieved and the installation of renewable energy (photovoltaic system) helps offset the building’s energy cost.
• Recycled content materials and more than 50% of wood based materials are certified in accordance with Forest Stewardship Council Principles and Criteria. An example of these products can be seen in the airline ticket counters which are fabricated from “Plyboo”, a bamboo plywood.