Photo By: COURTESY of CITY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW
Mountain View Fire Station 5 recently became the first city facility awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.
LEED is an internationally recognized mark of excellence that provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
The Mountain View City Council adopted LEED Silver as a minimum for all new city buildings. After eight months in operation, Fire Station 5, located at 2195 N. Shoreline Blvd., exceeded the Silver requirements in operations and maintenance solutions and qualified for the Gold.
The following sustainable design features contributed to the LEED certification.
• The development of three natural bioswale areas increases the capacity of temporary on-site rainwater storage and improves the level of pretreatment before delayed release to the storm drains.
• Light-reflective colors for paving and roofing reduce heat gain on-site.
• Irrigation and domestic water efficiency use water-saving technologies.
• Efficient mechanical and lighting systems added to solar water heating and daylight harvesting technologies merit energy-efficiency credits and meet PG&E Savings by Design goals.
• Efficient and environmentally responsible mechanical equipment produce energy savings and double credits for sustainable refrigeration management without the use of chlorofluorocarbons.
• Sustainable use of resources includes Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainably harvested wood and double credits for construction waste recycling and the use of regional materials from within a 500-mile radius.
• The use of low-emitting materials, increased and monitored ventilation, natural daylighting and user-friendly lighting and temperature controls enhances the indoor environmental quality. An Indoor Air Quality plan was included during construction, with a flushout prior to occupancy to minimize contamination.
• Other highlights include implementation of a new environmentally sensitive cleaning program; GreenPower purchase credits representing the city of Mountain View’s ongoing commitment to supporting green power sources; and exemplary performance recognition for providing daylighting and views from more than 95 percent of regularly occupied spaces and for using more than 95 percent Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable wood.