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08/20/2010

Coyote Ridge is First Prison of Its Kind

This correctional facility received LEED Gold and will save $370,000 per year on energy costs

 
Coyote Ridge is First Prison of Its Kind

The Coyote Ridge Correction Center in Connell, WA has become the first prison campus to receive LEED Gold certification. The $230 million expansion of the facility was completed in 2008 after the state Legislature mandated that the facility comply with LEED Silver standards.

“We did better than we hoped,” says David Jansen, the Department of Corrections capital programs administrator.

Low-pressure water fixtures such as 1.1 gallons-per-flush toilets and 1.5 gallons-per-minute showers have also helped to reduce overall water use by 32%. This amounts to roughly 20 million gallons saved per year and 70 million fewer gallons in sewage annually. A 16,929-square-foot photovoltaic solar panel system has generated over 116 MWh for the facility as well.

The prison features 46% recycled building materials and 45% of the materials used coming from local sources. Likewise, during its construction, 27,340 tons of excess construction material removed from the site was recycled, reducing its landfill impact by a staggering 96%.

From all of its sustainable updates, the facility will have a predicted energy-reduction use of 32%, which will save the facility an estimated $370,000 per year. “Sustainable buildings save money, which is important now when resources are becoming scarce,” says Eldon Vail, Secretary for the Department of Corrections.

With virtually no increase in construction costs to achieve LEED Gold certification and hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings predicted each year, Coyote Ridge’s achievements in sustainability will set the standard for future construction and renovation of correctional facilities.

 

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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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