Transfer Station Achieves LEED-Gold

Dec. 19, 2013

Ben Boxer
DPWES - Capital Facilities
703-324-5880, TTY 711

I-66 Transfer Station Operations Center Achieves LEED-Gold Certification


I-66 Tansfer Station Operations CenterThe I-66 Transfer Station Operations Center has been 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 10,700-square-foot facility, completed in March 2011, became the county’s 15th facility to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and the eighth to receive the council’s gold standard rating.

A key “green” feature of this facility, constructed above a portion of the closed I-66 Landfill, is its use of processed landfill gas (methane) from the landfill as an alternative to natural gas. The facility is designed to receive the landfill gas collected and processed onsite to fuel its HVAC mechanical systems. The county expects to save $10,000 to $15,000 per year by using landfill gas at the Operations Center.

Other green features include the use of recycled and rapidly-renewable building materials, reflective roofs, energy efficient appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures and maximizing the use of natural light in 95 percent of occupied spaces. The facility is also equipped with a state-of-the-art Energy Management System which monitors the heating and cooling systems in the building and shuts off equipment when not needed.

In accordance with the county’s Green Building Policy, new or renovated structures in excess of 10,000 squarefeet 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.

See Also:

Green Buildings in Fairfax County       

Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization


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