Arlington City Buildings Recognized for Achievements in Sustainability
By Office of Communication
Posted on December 06, 2019, December 06, 2019

LEED Certification

All City buildings were built to serve our residents. But our newest buildings do more than just benefit the community. They also protect our planet while saving taxpayer money.

The City participates in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification program. When a building is LEED Certified, that means it’s been recognized for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Under the City of Arlington’s current energy efficiency practices, new buildings must meet the 2017 International Energy Conservation Code – which is equivalent to a LEED certification. 

The George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, which opened in 2018, earned a LEED Silver Certification (a level above basic LEED Certification.) The building includes solar panels and other energy-saving technology.

Arlington Fire Station 9 and Fire Station 5 are Silver Certified as well. The Arlington Municipal Airport Terminal achieved a Gold Certification. 

The new East Arlington library and recreation center and the Southeast Arlington recreation center facilities will both meet LEED standards when they open. 

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED buildings saved $1.2 billion in energy costs from 2015 to 2018, $715 million in maintenance costs and $54 million in waste savings. 

Click here to learn about the City of Arlington’s other sustainability initiatives. 

Data in Action: How LEED-Certified Bulidngs in Arlington Stack Up On Water and Electricity Usage.

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