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LBA completes construction on Huntsville Internal Revenue Service, receives LEED Gold certification
June 01, 2011
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded one of their highest honors to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Huntsville, Alabama.
The new office building for the IRS was recently certified as LEED Gold which means it meets many of the organization highest standards for green construction. This building is one of only 30 certified LEED Gold buildings in the General Services Administrations inventory of over 9,600 Federal Government properties.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The most significant LEED achievements of this project include:
- Recycled up to 75% of construction waste during construction.
- Achieved a 50% reduction in landscaping irrigation through the use of water efficient irrigation and drought tolerant plant species.
- Achieved a 40% reduction in potable water use through the use of water efficient plumbing fixtures.
- Achieved a 42% reduction in energy usage through the use of energy efficient lighting, HVAC systems and overall building design.
- Installed a 15kW Solar Photovoltaic system to provide up to 11% renewable energy for the building.
- 20% of the materials used on the building were from recycled sources.
- Acquired up to 30% of the materials used on the project within a radius of 500 miles of the project site reducing the buildings carbon footprint.
- Use of low-emitting paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and flooring systems for improved indoor air quality.
This project was the first LEED certified building for Larry Blumberg & Associates.