Two Trails, a Green Building consultancy providing company, has declared that FL Public Works & Operations building located in the City of Seminole Florida will become the first ever Municipal building to be given the LEED platinum certification of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Earlier in April 2011, the Public Works Administration & EOC building of the City of Seminole has received the LEED Gold certification. The company has provided its consultancy services to achieve the LEED certifications.
The Seminole Public Works & Operations government building measuring around 17,299-square-foot and the Seminole Public Works Administration & EOC government building occupying an area of 6,222 square foot have incorporated a range of eco-friendly building and design features to provide a congenial environmental impact. Some of the environment friendly features incorporated in the two buildings include reflective type of coatings to reduce heat gain inside the building, efficient air-conditioning systems, energy saving fluorescent and LED lightings with sensors to switch off lighting when not needed. The solar installations installed over the buildings generate a total of 42.39 kW power to generate 86,732 kW of free power annually. The Parking lot at both the constructions use LED lights and is powered by solar power.
To cut down the water consumption by over 50%, the buildings incorporate low flow faucets fitted with motion sensors, low water consuming urinals and toilets, and a landscaping facility that consumes less water. More than 75% of construction wastes were saved from reaching the landfill and a minimum of 10% of recycled materials were used in the construction and nearly 10% of the materials were sourced within 500 miles from the location. The interior finishes such as floor coverings, furnishings and paints used in the buildings contained low level of VOC. The buildings incorporate efficient HVAC air filtration systems with HEPA rated filtration efficiency and temperature controls.