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ENVIRONMENT Last modified on June 20, 2014

Environment news - New fire station takes the LEED

Southwest Florida International Airport’s (RSW) new eco-friendly fire station has been awarded a highly regarded environmental certification.

The Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) building has earned the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) run by the US Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institute.

The fire station is the first public or government building in Lee County, Florida, to receive the gold level rating for sustainable design and construction.

Key features of the 31,000ft2 ARFF station include energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems, and low-flow water fixtures.

The state-of-art facility also has an innovative rainwater reclamation system for collection and storage of water to be used for landscaping irrigation; recycling and separating of construction debris and waste; the use of reflective building materials; and, the allowance of natural light into the building.

Robert Ball, executive director of the Lee County Port Authority, says: “The Lee County Port Authority is proud to have our new fire station recognised as a LEED certified building project.

“Efficiently managing our resources is an integral part of our business plan and we find every opportunity to make building projects sustainable.”

The LEED certification is awarded to new buildings that are designed to lower costs, reduce waste, conserve energy and water, be healthier and reduce harmful emissions.

The certification system is the foremost programme for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of environmentally-friendly buildings.

Atkins was the architect/engineer of record for the project, which was managed by AECOM.

In 2012, the gateway handled 7.6 million passengers to cement its status among the top 50 US airports for passenger traffic.

Solar San Diego

Borrego Solar is to build a 3.3 megawatt solar energy system on the rooftops of San Diego International Airport’s Terminal 2 and adjacent parking lot. 

The system will generate an estimated 5.3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first year, supplying 10% to 13% of the energy needs for Terminals 1 and 2.

Borrego Solar will build and finance the system through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), which is expected to save the airport between $3-8 million over the contract period.

Thella Bowens, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, says: “This solar project – the first at the airport – will be a noteworthy and visible highlight of our ongoing commitment to sustainability.

“By partnering with Borrego Solar, we will boost our sustainability efforts with clean energy generation, providing environmental benefits to the region and financial savings to the airport authority.

“And we’re happy to be working with a company that is a local San Diego success story, employing local workers in construction of this project.”

The installation is part of SDIA’s larger initiative that began in 2008, when it was the first major airport to adopt a formal sustainability policy.

Efforts include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, achieving LEED certification in all new construction, reducing water use, using energy efficient lighting, and re-using and recycling construction waste.


Greek reward

Athens International Airport (AIA) has been rewarded for its environmental efforts by being upgraded to Level 3 status of the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme.

Greece’s capital city airport has been rewarded for its environmental protection efforts, by achieving Optimisation status in the environment initiative.

AIA earned the level by expanding its carbon footprint calculations to include indirect sources – such as emissions from aircraft during the landing and take-off cycle – and emissions associated with how personnel and passengers access to the airport, ground support equipment, and engaging other stakeholders on the airport site in minimising CO2 emissions.

From 2005 to 2012 AIA achieved an18% reduction in carbon emissions from its activities, which amounts to 12,000 tonnes of CO2.

AIA’s main emission reduction initiatives include reduction in electricity consumption by nine million kilowatt hours between 2005 and 2012 as well as the construction and operation of an 8.05MWp Photovoltaic Park, the largest unified PV installation at an airport in the world.

It has also reduced fuel consumption of its vehicle fleet through the conversion of 41 vehicles to run on LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and replacement of older vehicles with new hybrid and low-emission models.

AIA is planning to implement a range of additional measures to save energy and fuel, such as the modernisation of equipment and the optimisation of the operation of its energy systems.



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