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New Weather Agency facility sets gold standard

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  • By Ryan Hansen
  • Air Force Weather Agency Public Affairs
The Air Force Weather Agency headquarters facility here recently became the first facility in the Air Force to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Lt. Gen. Thomas S. Moorman facility earned its gold rating in the Version 2.1 LEED New Construction category, which recognizes buildings with advanced energy efficiencies.

Facililities can earn basic, silver, gold or platinum certifications under the LEED Green Building Rating System.

"We couldn't be prouder of our new facility," said Col. John Murphy, the AFWA commander. "Its construction and design is truly an example for the rest of the Department of Defense and earning the gold rating is a testament to everyone who helped make it become a reality."

The facility's green design and specifications help the agency use 50 to 60 percent less energy than a typical building of this type. This includes reducing water consumption by more than 20 percent, improving environmental efficiency of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, improving recycling capabilities and employing the latest energy efficiency practices to conserve electricity.

"The Air Force is a U.S. government environmental and energy conservation leader, reducing facility energy usage by 30 percent in recent years and is the No. 3 U.S. green power user on the Environmental Protection Agency's top 25 list," said Brig. Gen. Timothy A. Byers, Air Combat Command's director of Installations and Mission Support. "The LEED gold certification for this building is a perfect example of everyone -- from users, designers, contractors, builders and the Air Force -- working together as a team on an environmental friendly and energy efficient building. This showcases our commitment to fully support the mission while protecting human health, safety and the environment."

AFWA personnel began transitioning to the new facility in May and it was officially dedicated Aug. 22. The 188,000 square-foot headquarters building is home to more than 650 AFWA personnel.

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