Base and Marine Corps staff celebrated the grand opening of a new energy efficient office and training building aboard Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach in Hawaii, US recently.
The new building is designed to be certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards through the use of sustainable materials, incorporating energy and water efficiency, on-site renewable energy, and providing indoor environmental quality.
“The energy demand is minimized through the use of high efficiency cooling equipment, high efficiency lighting, advanced controls, and high quality insulation,” said Lt. John Kimmel, base Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division director. “It also utilizes a rooftop solar photovoltaic system, which allows the building to produce as much electricity as it consumes. The landscaping has a low water demand, and the parking lot uses solar-powered lighting.”
At a cost of just above $11 million, construction began in May 2011 and was completed May 22 2012. The Marines started moving in the next day.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus laid out five aggressive energy goals in October 2009 to improve energy security and efficiency, increase energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.
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