City of Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded the City of Charlottesville’s Fontaine Fire Station No. 10, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification at the Platinum level, the highest level awarded.

The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a nationally accepted benchmark for evaluating sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere efficiency, material and resource selection and indoor environmental quality. T

here are four levels of LEED Certification – Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

“Overall, buildings in the U.S. account for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. By designing and constructing our Fontaine Fire Station to LEED standards, the City and its project team have demonstrated a strong commitment to the City Council’s long-term vision of conserving energy and promoting environmentally sustainable building practices,” said Mike Mollica, the City’s Capital Projects Coordinator.

The Fontaine Fire Station achieved LEED Platinum by minimizing landfilled waste during construction, integrating sustainable materials, optimizing energy performance, and conserving water. All together, the project is projected to achieve 48% energy cost savings.

The Fontaine Fire Station is the first new fire and rescue station built for the Charlottesville Fire Department in over 50 years. The station was placed into service in January 2014.

“The Fontaine Fire Station’s LEED Platinum certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Fontaine Fire Station serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

This is the third LEED Platinum Certified municipal project in the City of Charlottesville and the sixth LEED certified project completed by the City.

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