GSP Airport Commission Strikes Gold
Date: November 08, 2010
The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport’s General Aviation Terminal has achieved a LEED GOLD certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED) points based ratings system is used to determine the level of certification given to each new constructions project. GSP’s General Aviation Terminal has acquired 40 LEED points to reach Gold status. These points were accumulated in the following way;
· The building uses 38% less energy overall than similar sized buildings
· The building uses 75.2% less water – A Rain Harvest System is used to collect rainwater from the roof for toilet flushing
· A Solar Water Heating System provides hot water
· Variable Refrigerant Flow Technology is used for super high efficient
heating and cooling
· Multiple glass panels eliminate the use of electrical lights during daylight hours
· 98% of the waste generated during construction was recycled
Jeff Ross-Bain of Ross-Bain Green Building said, “Ten years ago no one was thinking about becoming ‘green’, so becoming LEED certified is really an indication of a mindset shift of any organization obtaining it. I really applaud GSP for understanding the value of being environmentally conscious.”
“By using less energy, LEED –certified buildings like our General Aviation terminal reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to a healthier environment for airport employees and the larger community. The bottom line is LEED-certified buildings save money,” said GSP Executive Director Dave Edwards.
For more information about the U.S. Green Building Council or LEED visit www.usgbc.org.