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New fire station at Southwest Florida International awarded eco certification

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 been given the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) by the US Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institute.

The new fire station opened in June 2013 and 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 31,000 square foot 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 and the use of reflective building materials and 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 recognized 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 by the US Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute to buildings 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 green buildings.

In 2012, Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.3 million travellers and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic.

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