Dr. William B. McLean Laboratory receives LEED and Savings by Design recognition
NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. – Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Dodson and members of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Navy Region Southwest, China Lake Detachment, joined Barnhart Balfour Beatty officials and Southern California Edison representatives inside the Dr. William B. McLean Laboratory May 23 to dedicate the structure as a LEED® Gold and a SCE “Savings by Design” building.
According to Philip LeGrand, the SCE senior government account manager, the building design should save approximately 913,817 kilowatt hours per year. Every kilowatt hour saved prevents one pound of CO2 (carbon dioxide) from going into the atmosphere, meaning the building design will save 913,817 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system. It was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in March 2000. The program provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
A rating system is used to determine what strategies were implemented for better environmental and health performance. According to Ed Smuke, project manager, Facilities, Engineering & Acquisition Division, China Lake Detachment, the project received 41 points from the Building Council scoring. Thirty-nine are needed for the gold rating.
Smuke noted that the contractor, Barnhart Balfour Beatty, only needed to achieve “silver” status, which needed a rating of 33 to 38 points. But, in their design and construction, they surpassed that to achieve the gold rating. To achieve a platinum rating, 52 points, or more (up to the maximum 69 points), are needed.
Dave Roach, the construction company’s senior vice president, told Dodson that he feels LEED® Gold is becoming a standard for the Navy, adding, “You will get a quicker payback with a gold rating (as opposed to the platinum rating, which would take more time to offset initial costs) and the occupancy by employees will be more comfortable, too,” he said.
During the dedication, SCE representatives, Charles Nadig, the SCE technical specialist for new construction, presented the commanding officer with a ceremonial check for $357,531 – a SCE “Savings by Design” award.
Savings by Design is a program encouraging high-performance nonresidential building design and construction. In addition to providing design assistance, the program offers owner incentives to help offset the costs of energy-efficient buildings and a design team incentive, which reward designers who meet ambitious energy efficiency targets.
According to Sean Halpin, head of the Utilities & Energy Management Branch, NAVFACSW, China Lake Detachment, the money will be reinvested into other energy saving projects on the base.
“This is great,” said Dodson. “It would be a shame to pay off a utility bill when you can use the money to save on future energy costs.”
LeGrand agreed, noting that how buildings are designed make a big difference to energy conservation and that the rewards can keep on rolling.
It is definitely a win-win for the government, tax payer and the environment.