HomeNewsArticle Display

Keesler's first energy, environmental-friendly home certified

Base officials received their first certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design home Aug. 28 at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Base officials received their first certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design home Aug. 28 at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFPN) -- Keesler Air Force Base officials received their first certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design home Aug. 28 here. 

This new green two-unit home at 244 and 246 Fairchild Dr., Biloxi, Miss., the first of more than 700 to be built at Keesler AFB, incorporates smart design, technology, construction and maintenance features that both reduce the impact on the environment and make it a healthier place for the base members. 

"Our housing project not only shows that we want the best quality of living for our Airmen, but also shows we lead the way in energy efficiency," said Col. Jeffrey Jackson, the 81st Mission Support Group commander. "The project is a prime example of how construction should be carried out so it is the best for our Air Force and the environment." 

For a green home to become LEED certified, it must be inspected by an independent third party, who rates its performance in such categories as the home's indoor air quality, its energy efficiency, the use of water-conserving plumbing, the durability of its building materials and the sustainability of the building site. Credit for LEED certification also considers whether there are open spaces to encourage walking and other outdoor activities that lead to better overall health for its residents. 

"LEED encourages sustainable green building and development. LEED buildings cost less to operate and maintain, are energy and water efficient, and will reduce dependence on foreign oil," said David Horner of the 81st Civil Engineer Squadron project management office. 

The new Keesler AFB green homes being built will be Energy Star compliant, which means they will follow Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, which according to the Energy Star Web site, will make them 20 to 30 percent more energy efficient than standard homes. The development of green homes at Keesler AFB is the largest LEED certified project in the nation, and makes Keesler AFB the first Air Force installation to have LEED certified homes, base officials said. 

"We are very proud of this accomplishment and the projection of future LEED certifications that will be provided in the Air Force," Mr. Horner said. 

Comment on this story (comments may be published on Air Force Link)

View the comments/letters page

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @ViperDemoTeam: Although it's not quite time for the #AFFlyover at the #Indy500, our team has still been busy! Just ask Devin Funchess!…
Where is home for you? For Senior Airman Krizelle Bermejo, home is where her family is -- Charlotte, North Carolin… https://t.co/gUXDNoNCys
RT @USAFHealth: The 8th MDG partnered with medical personnel at Wonkwang University Medical Center to test how both parties could work toge…
.@Creech_AFB #Airman & #Civilians recently achieved 4 Million flying hours in our #USAF Remotely piloted Aircraft… https://t.co/CHDeMNZFKa
#Watch these #Airman assigned to The Homeland Response Force train with local, state & federal emergency managers a… https://t.co/3sFd2BAvnf
.@Hanscom_AFB's #energy initiative has #USAF seeking industry input while exploring opportunities for wholistic ene… https://t.co/WaBaH1cgNr
RT @SecAFOfficial: Proud to announce the #USAF cut 100.5 years off unnecessary schedules from #acquisition programs. This is how we are fie…
RT @cmsaf18: What a great way to pay tribute to an incredible Airman and teammate: Purple Heart recipient Dylan Elchin's name to be display…
#USAF #Ophthalmologists provide comprehensive care to 262 #Guyanese civilians. These vision care specialists can tr… https://t.co/91L9t51sHY
#Airmen maintain #F16 Fighting Falcons at Campia Turzii, #Romania, as part of Theater Security Package 19.1. They h… https://t.co/0pAANJMo3j
A new travel payment process for pipeline students, initiated by the #AirForce Installation and Mission Support Cen… https://t.co/OcQzldU3OK
.@PACAF Gen. CQ Brown Jr. met with Mongolian & US senior leaders, affirming their growing partnership.… https://t.co/Pg5Ma2NFUQ
Nondestructive inspection specialists identify possible defects in systems & equipment before anything can become a… https://t.co/7OHMrlLE39
.@SecAFOfficial praises #Airmen, expresses gratitude in farewell remarks reflecting on her tenure as #AirForce secr… https://t.co/bv177Nr7nk
.@SecAFOfficial was honored during a celebration ceremony @Andrews_JBA May 21, 2019, an event which highlighted her… https://t.co/tMSo0I8KxO
RT @SecAFOfficial: Thank you to the #Airmen & families serving around the world for the #USAF. https://t.co/CYWpd8Aeuh
Today #USAF celebrates the rapid innovations and accomplishments of @SecAFOfficial, the Honorable Heather Wilson.… https://t.co/dVQM3A5DWF
RT @SecAFOfficial: Proud to have had the opportunity to be your wingman. https://t.co/gDMUq5yA7L