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Building at Wallops Flight Facility Earns Environmental Certification

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – The engineering building at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility has been designated a leader in energy and environmental design.

Building E-109, where cutting edge research and development are conducted, has earned the silver level of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in the building operations and maintenance category.

“This was a huge project many years in the making,” said Project Leader Ron Simko. “Dozens of improvements from low-flow plumbing to automated lighting are now paying dividends.”

Wallops partnered with a Jacksonville, Florida-based architecture, engineering and consulting firm on the project. According to Simko, some changes the facility made that led to its certification include:

  • Using native or adapted plants over 25% of the site area, largely in the courtyard area
  • Implementing a storm-water management plan that uses landscaping to mitigate 15% of storm-water runoff
  • Eliminating water use outside the building by using native vegetation
  • Installing low-flow plumbing fixtures resulting in a 21% reduction in water use
  • Improving energy efficiency through retro-commissioning, which focused on enhancing building automation, lighting and weatherization, reducing the building's energy use by 18%

The LEED certification also factored in employees' telework and carpooling practices, which the Council determined reduce conventional commuting trips by 25%, conserving fuel and reducing air and water pollution.

Building E-109 is a multi-functional, 52,779 square-foot, two-story building built in 2007.

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