Heritage Aviation achieves LEED Gold Certification from US Green Building Council

first_imgTruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design is pleased to announce that the Heritage Aviation facility at the Burlington International Airport has achieved LEED® Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This major renovation and building addition project for Heritage Aviation started with the complete reconstruction of a vacated 1954 hangar. The original structure was formerly occupied by the Vermont National Guard and has since been repurposed and transformed into a state-of-the-art aviation services facility totaling 75,800 sq.ft. Aviation is an energy-intensive industry, accounting for 3% of global carbon emissions. The Heritage Aviation facility has taken extraordinary measures to counteract this impact and promote a sustainable model for the industry. Some of the most notable environmental accomplishments of the building include these features: * Through the use of multiple on-site renewable energy sources, Heritage Aviation is generating 15% of their energy needs, saving 200 kW Hours per 10-hour daytime shift every day. The majority of this energy is produced by a 100 Kilowatt commercial wind turbine mounted at the southeast corner of the parking lot. This FAA-approved wind turbine was the first community-scaled wind turbine installed at a regional airport in the United States.* An additional 3.4% of the project’s energy needs are met with a roof-mounted, 10-panel 65.2 MBtu solar thermal domestic hot water system and an adjacent 120-panel 25.2 kW solar photovoltaic array.* The building features a 13,742 sq.ft. “green” roof, with several varieties of sedum planted in a waving pattern as seen from the air. The vegetated roof retains the first 1″ of rainfall that falls on it, with the excess directed toward underground irrigation tanks. When installed, this was the largest green roof in New England, and remains the largest in Vermont.* The south parking lot features a porous concrete surface that is designed to absorb all rainfall based on a 100 year storm, eliminating the erosion and polluting affects typically caused by excess stormwater runoff. At 87,117 sq. ft., this is the largest pervious parking lot in Vermont, and one of the largest in New England. A building energy model was used to compute the projected energy savings from the efficiency improvements to the building shell, the mechanical and electrical loads, and the power generated by on-site renewable energy sources. According to this model, the Heritage Aviation facility is realizing a 38% energy savings over a standard commercial building of the same size. Actual data from the first year of operation indicates even better energy performance. The facility has now been in operation since January 2010, and during this time, the building has seen a savings in gas and electricity consumption of 54% over a conventional office/warehouse building. About LEED:The LEED green building certification system is the preeminent program for rating the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED is a program of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. About TruexCullins:TruexCullins is an architecture and interior design firm located in Burlington, Vermont. For over 40 years, TruexCullins has developed lasting relationships with many public and private clients, addressing critical issues related to planning, programming, growth and new technologies. Today, TruexCullins provides the expertise and creativity of five distinct design studios in the disciplines of education, workplace, home, resort and interiors.Photos by Jim Westphalen and Susan Teare February 21, 2011, Burlington, Vermont – TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design  www.truexcullins.com(link is external).last_img read more

Clippers’ defense faltering lately

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> It was the best transition defense the Clippers have played in weeks.Prior to Monday’s game with the Phoenix Suns, Marreese Speights was ready to guard against an extended conversation about one of the problems that’s plagued the Clippers on their recent winless three-game road trip.Speights swatted away any talk about his team’s problems in the open court, where they were outscored 83-10 in fastbreak points. So instead of answering, he transitioned to a new topic.“That was 2016,” Speights said. “It’s 2017 now — a fresh start.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The calendar might’ve flipped, but the Clippers’ problems still are there. Minutes into Monday’s game against the Suns, the team allowed an uncontested basket after a turnover, forcing Doc Rivers to call a timeout.After being outscored 33-0 in fastbreak points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on New Year’s Eve — the team’s seventh game in 10 days — J.J. Redick said part of the issue had to do with his team’s effort.“I think sometimes the players look at the schedule and see how hard it is and they fall into that trap. Seven games in 10 nights, that’s hard. We knew that, when the schedule came out, that was one of the stretches we tried to get changed,” Rivers said before Monday’s game. “We knew it would be hard, we thought we’d be healthy, and we got caught with a double-whammy — tough schedule plus injuries. I thought we lost all three of those games early, and that’s something you just can’t do.“You have to hang in there.”For Austin Rivers, the solution is easy to pinpoint — relax and just play the right way.center_img “I think we just have to go compete, come in and compete. We’re a great team; we know that. We went through a tough stretch — so what?” he said. “Let’s get through it, learn from it and let’s get better. We don’t need to be heavy thinkers, overthink, walk around depressed and (expletive).“We just have to get through it.”Paul sits againChris Paul missed his third straight game — and his sixth in seven contests — with a sore left hamstring.“We’re just going to take our time,” Doc Rivers said. “… It’s all big picture. He’s not playing until he’s 100 percent.”Paul, Rivers said, was 100 percent before playing against New Orleans last week. And, Rivers said, he didn’t re-injure the hamstring in that game.“What we didn’t like is that he had fatigue, a lot of fatigue, that next day. He was sore, and that shouldn’t happen,” Rivers said. “Once we found that out, we decided, though he feels good, we’re going to wait even longer.“He didn’t take it great, but he’s a smart kid. Once you sit him down and talk to him about why, because he really thought he’d play the Houston game, he’s been very good about it. He understands.”NotesAustin Rivers said he’s spoken to the NBA about his ejection last week in Houston, and said he’s hopeful the NBA will rescind the decision. “The league is in process of rescinding because I didn’t do it on purpose,” he said. “I told them what really happened, and I think they understood it too, which is why I didn’t get suspended for any games.” … Wesley Johnson continued to play with a sore left ankle, coming off the bench Monday.last_img read more