Great Falls Fire Station Receives Gold Certification


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Oct. 25, 2012

Contact: Ben Boxer, DPWES-Capital Facilities, 703-324-5253, TTY 711

Great Falls Fire Station Becomes County’s 12th Certified Green Building

News Highlights:

  • Fairfax County’s Great Falls Fire Station has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Fairfax County has a total of 12 LEED® certified buildings – seven of which have received LEED® Gold certifications.
  • Key “green” design features in this facility include low-flow and sensor-operated plumbing fixtures, the use of clerestory windows to enhance natural lighting, the use of cork millwork and other recycled/renewable building materials in construction, a sub-floor radiant heating system and two large areas of vegetated roofing.


Fairfax County’s Great Falls Fire Station was recently certified as a gold-rated green building by the United States Green Building Council through their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification program. The 18,700-square-foot facility, completed in March 2012, became the county’s 12th facility to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and the 7th to receive the council’s gold standard rating.

In accordance with the county’s Green Building Policy, new or renovated structures in excess of 10,000 square-feet are being designed to meet green building standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council. Common design elements are focused on enhancing the use of natural lighting in building spaces, using recycled or renewable building materials, reducing water usage and reducing stormwater runoff and associated negative environmental impacts.

Key “green” design features in this facility include low-flow and sensor-operated plumbing fixtures, the use of clerestory windows to enhance natural lighting, the use of cork millwork and other recycled/renewable building materials in construction, a sub-floor radiant heating system and two large areas of vegetated roofing.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted a green building policy for county facilities in 2008. The policy requires that buildings with more than 10,000 square feet be constructed to meet minimum green building standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program, if not exceed them. The policy applies to the design and construction of new county buildings and renovations or additions to existing county buildings.

Sustainable development does come at an additional construction cost of between 1 and 4 percent; however, these one-time costs are projected to be offset by annual savings in energy and water bills.

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