The number of federal LEED-certified projects has skyrocketed about 51 percent this year, from 544 completed in 2011 to 821 in just the first eight months of 2012, the Federal Times reports.
US Green Building Council director for technical policy Lane Burt says the growth in LEED-certified federal buildings mirrors private-sector development, and told the Federal Times that both have learned to better incorporate green building design as a standard part of the construction process.
In one recent project the US General Services Administration partnered with NASA on its new LEED-Platinum certified Langley Research Center (pictured) in Hampton,Va., with sustainability features expected to save $2.5 million annually.
The surge in LEED certification comes as the US Green Building Council allows the building industry to weigh in on its proposed updates to the green building program, dubbed LEED v4.
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Lumenergi®, a leading provider of network-controlled lighting energy management solutions, was recently cited in a report by the General Services Administration (“GSA”), the largest owner of commercial real estate in the United States, for slashing lighting energy consumption by up to 63 percent in a lighting control pilot program of 11 western region buildings.
“Not only does this assessment demonstrate that responsive lighting delivers deep energy savings across the board, it also helps the GSA understand where deployment of this technology maximizes payback,” said Ruth Cox, Regional Administrator, Region 9 – Pacific Rim, General Services Administration.
“Lighting is the largest consumer of electrical energy in commercial buildings,” said Barry Weinbaum, President and CEO of Lumenergi. “While many companies claim to save large amounts of energy, they often come up short. The GSA’s use of Lumenergi’s integrated lighting controls solution clearly demonstrates that we deliver material energy savings and maintain lighting comfort while enabling preservation of our customers’ embedded building infrastructure investments.”
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