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The LEED Gold certification is and will be coveted by Birmingham Shuttlesworth Airport as it points toward progress on a six-year and continuing “Modernization Project”.
According to al.com, the Birmingham Airport Authority continues to invest in its $201 Million project to improve our local airport.
Presently, the LEED Gold certificate is a sign of promise for the airports future as it shows signs of improvement, environmentally speaking.
By and Large, Alfonso Denson, CEO of the Authority, exclaimed it as “yet another component” to the revitalizing of infrastructure and utility for the airport.
LEED Gold Certificate Specifics
Accordingly, the award represents many aspect of the establishments improvement.
“LEED works for all buildings—from homes to corporate headquarters—at all phases of development.
Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues.
Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
– U.S. Green Building Council Website
“LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated.
Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.
Correspondingly, here are the features Birmingham Shuttlesworth Airport now represents, according to LEED.
- Energy modeling performed through the design process to evaluate energy consumption.
- Utilization of natural daylight to minimize the need for artificial lighting and improve passenger experiences.
- High-efficiency light fixtures to minimize energy consumption.
- More than 44% of the total building materials extracted, harvested, recovered or manufactured within 500 miles of the site.
- Rainwater harvesting to reduce water consumption and reduce discharge into the storm water drainage system.
- High-efficiency thermal building envelope and solar water heating at public restroom clusters to reduce energy consumption.
- More than 22 percent of the total building materials, by value, were manufacturing using recycled materials.
- Waste management practices used throughout construction to prevent construction activity pollution.
The future of Birmingham’s airport looks up and will continue to soar toward sustainability and energy efficiency.