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Naval Facility Pursues LEED-EB Certification

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Story Number: NNS071221-05
Release Date: 12/21/2007 12:59:00 PM

By Darrell Waller, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center Public Affairs

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NAVFAC ESC) is seeking to become the first Navy facility to achieve the coveted silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB), as part of a larger effort to comply with energy conservation goals set forth in Presidential Executive Order 13423.

The Engineering Service Center's Headquarters building at Naval Base Ventura County has formed a diverse, cross-departmental team of environmental engineers and specialists to help the Navy and Department of Defense (DOD) meet the requirements outlined in the executive order.

"The Navy is dedicated to saving energy costs for taxpayers and reducing pollution," said Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center Commanding Officer, Capt. Gregory J. Zielinski. "The president has proposed some very ambitious goals in his executive order, and the Navy is counting on us to lead the way to achieve them."

LEED-EB is a set of criteria established by the United States Green Building Council to determine how well a building meets sustainability guidelines. Those guidelines include prerequisites and credits in the categories of sustainable sites, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality. To reach the LEED-EB silver certification, the ESC team is taking positive actions to modify building operations to ensure that the building achieves the required credits.

The installation of new, low-chemical emission "green label plus" carpet, the deployment of next-generation energy conserving motion sensors in all conference rooms and offices, and placement of waterless urinals and dual flush, low-flow toilets in restroom and locker facilities are just a few of the many measures being undertaken to meet the LEED-EB goals.

A total of 85 potential credits are available for LEED-EB certification; the ESC team's goal is to amass 40 credits to reach LEED-EB silver.

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