LEED Platinum at Burbank Water and PowerContributor: Swinerton Blogger | August 13, 2014
This Spring, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Burbank Water and Power’s new Electrical Services Building LEED Platinum certification. There are only 273 LEED Platinum buildings in the state, three of which are now located on Burbank Water and Power’s sprawling EcoCampus.
Swinerton Builders Los Angeles completed the project on a fast-track schedule in July 2013. The two-story, 17,000-square-foot building houses their electrical equipment testing and relay shops, a high bay shop featuring a 10-ton crane, supervisors and engineering office space, a training room, a lunch room, restrooms, locker rooms, and showers. The Type II moment frame slab-on-grade structure has a lathe and plaster exterior with a stucco coating.
In order to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the project team had to follow a strict standard from beginning to end. The bulk of the points were gained by optimizing the building’s energy performance, which achieved an energy cost savings of over 50%. In addition, over 30% of the building’s total energy costs are offset by renewable energy generated onsite. The building’s innovative design was also responsible for several points, as were site selection and brownfield redevelopment.
The building’s indoor environmental quality exceeded the LEED standard, which included points for lighting, ventilation, thermal systems, and low-emitting materials. An overhead dimmable lighting system was installed throughout the building, with built-in sensors that track the amount of incoming sunlight. Several points were gained by providing alternative transportation access, including public transit, bicycles, and fuel-efficient vehicles. Construction waste management practices, recycled content, and regional materials earned them additional points, while water efficiency points were gained through innovative wastewater technologies, drought-tolerant landscaping, and water-use reduction.