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California building gets LEED Gold due to green products, sustainable elements

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 11:11

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is something that many building owners cherish, as it helps to increase the value of the structures and signals that operating costs will likely be lowered due to an efficient use of energy.

A building in Eureka, California, recently received a LEED Gold certification, as its use of everything from radiant heating to sensor-controlled lighting was enough to catch the attention of the U.S. Green Building Council, according to World Interior Design Network.

The news source reported that the building offers processing and refrigeration space, along with retail and cafe areas. The facility encompasses an area that serves outdoor events, market venues and recreation activities that may occur inside of the structure.

The building has been fitted with low-reflective roofing material, solar photo-voltaic panels that help to generate energy and state-of-the-art insulation and windows. These products all work in sync to help lower operating costs, and reduce the amount of energy that is needed throughout the facility.

Along with these green and sustainable products, the building also features a radiant heating system and low-wattage sensor-controlled lighting to help limit energy costs and consumption, according to World Interior Design Network.

A Warmboard radiant heating system works well with solar panels, as the product helps to maximize the use of the energy that is generated by this technology.

Unlike other radiant heating systems, Warmboard uses highly conductive aluminum tubing, and this allows the system to operate with much lower water temperatures than other products that are on the market. Lower temperatures mean that less energy is required to provide heat, and this limits both the cost and consumption associated with providing warmth to a building.