June 24 2014 0Comment

Jackson Township Fire Station 204 receives Gold Certification from USGBC

JTFS LEED CoverThe U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Jackson Township Fire Station 204 Gold Certification on June 24, 2014. This is the second LEED Gold project for the Mull & Weithman Architects. LEED Certification was a requirement of the funding provided under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act but was exceeded by incorporating additional sustainable concepts that had minimal financial impact. The Township and the design team worked closely over a series of meetings earl;y in the design process to define the projects sustainable goals and make sure they were followed.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Below is a summary of some of the Stations green achievements.

Sustainable Site Design:

  • Reduced pollution from construction activities by controlling soil erosion, waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation.
  • Designed the building with transportation amenities such as bicycle racks and showering/changing facilities to reduce automobile use.
  • Controlling the storm water runoff by designing on site retention areas to reduce the amount of water treated off site and pollution that reaches waterways.
  • 64.6% of the Stations site has been permanently designated as open space. This helps promote biodiversity and native plant growth.
  • Reduce heat islands (thermal gradient differences between developed and undeveloped areas) to minimize impacton microclimate and human and wildlife habitat by selecting materials that reflect, rather than store, the suns energy.
  • The lighting in and around the building has been designed to reduce the levels of light that spill from the building to reduce sky glow and improve nighttime visibility through glare reduction.

Water Efficient Design:

  • There is no permanently installed irrigation system on this project. Drought resistant, Native plants and trees were used around the site for landscaping.
  • Efficient fixtures and faucets in the toilet rooms and kitchen have reduced the water demand 30% (or around 29,000 gallons per year) below the EPA performance requirements. This reduces the burden on municipal water supplies and waste water systems.

Energy and Atmosphere Design:

  • The HVAC systems in this project do not use any CFC-based refrigerants to help reduce ozone depletion.
  • The Station was designed to optimize its energy use. Energy calculations show that there is a 31.5% cost savings compared to the base line listed in ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004.

Material and Resources Design:

  • Waste generated by the station during daily use will be sorted and recycled to reduce the impact on local landfills.
  • Approximately 80% of all construction waste generated by this project was diverted from landfills and is being recycled or reused.
  • Approximately 19% of all construction materials used on this project is made from recycled materials. This reduced the demand for virgin materials.
  • Approximately 34% of all the construction materials were extracted, processed and manufactured within 500 miles of the job site. This helps reduce the environmental impacts of transporting materials long distances.

Indoor Environmental Quality Design:

  • All occupied spaces receive at least 30% more outside air ventilation than is required by code. This will improve overall air quality and occupant comfort.
  • An Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) plan was developed to reduce problems resulting from the construction process in order to help sustainthe comfort and well-being of construction workers and building occupants.
  • All adhesives, paints, sealants and glues used on this project had zero or low VOC content. These products will not emit odorous, irritating and / or harmful air contaminates that could affect the well-being of the installers or occupants.
  • The building includes high level of mechanical and lighting system control by individual occupants or by groups in multi-occupantspaces (i.e. Training Room) to promote the productivity, comfort and well-being of building occupants.
  • Over 90% of all regularly occupied spaces have a view to the outdoors to help promote the productivity, comfort and well-being of building occupants.

Innovative Design:

  • Central Ohio is located in a zone the EPA has determined has the highest potential for radon contamination. While there is no code requirement, a radon mitigation system was installed to ensure there would be no future contamination.
  • Light bulbs selected for this project will have low mercury content.
  • The Township has made a commitment to educate the public on the sustainable features of this project through tours and educational materials like this flyer and signage in the Station.