GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Leadership from Naval Facilities and Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic (NAVFAC MIDLANT), Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE), and the Submarine Learning Center (SLC), celebrated a milestone in SUBASE's commitment to a "greener" installation future, May 2.
Capt. Mark R. Libonate, commanding officer, NAVFAC MIDLANT; presented Capt. Marc Denno, SUBASE commanding officer; and Mr. William Kelly, technical services director for the SLC, with a LEED Silver Award for excellence in energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design of the SLC headquarters building aboard the base.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) awards were developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.
"This is a 'greener' and 'leaner' Navy facility," said Denno of the SLC Headquarters. "The secretary of the Navy and commander of Navy Installations Command have challenged the service and the shore installation enterprise in particular. They've laid down the gauntlet for us to continue to be better stewards of the environment and tax dollars in every possible step and outcome of the military construction process. This state-of-the-art headquarters exemplifies the impact of our ongoing and dynamic base-wide transformation effort."
The $7 million dollar SLC Headquarters is the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient facility aboard SUBASE.
Dedicated in August 2011, the headquarters is the first facility of its kind to be built with LEED standards on board the base. Its nearly 16,000 square foot space was constructed with "green" materials and products with significant amounts of recycled content.
"The design and construction incorporated recycled materials from acoustic ceilings, rigid roof insulation, and gypsum wall board, to carpet and resilient flooring," said Lt. Peter C. Daddona, the SLC project construction manager from NAVFAC MIDLANT's Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division Office at the Public Works Department aboard the base. "Additionally, only materials that were tested and certified for low emissions of volatile organic compounds - VOCs - were used. "
Other design elements of the headquarters will result in lower energy and cooling, use and costs, according to Daddona. A white Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) roof membrane provides a reflective, energy efficient, cool cap to the building, and interior and exterior lighting strategies optimize natural daylight.
Kelly has been impressed with the building's geothermal cooling and heating system which Libonate described as "the epitome of earth friendly and energy efficient expertise."
The arrangement uses wells drilled into the earth, a closed loop glycol system, and a brazed heat exchanger to transfer energy to a series of water-to-air heat pumps located throughout the building.
The result is the SLC headquarters is roughly 30-40 percent more energy efficient than the energy code standard for commercial buildings in the United States, and the geothermal system will pay for itself in less than 10 years.
For those at the award presentation, the LEED Silver recognition was a welcome early return on investment.
"It is very nice to be recognized for the work that SUBASE has and will continue to do in order to align itself more closely with the SECNAV's initiative," Daddona said.
For Denno the award sets the bar at SUBASE and will serve at the catalyst for future "greener" and "leaner" infrastructure.
"Sure the SLC is now recognized as the Silver Standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, but it's significant and impactful initiatives make it a gold standard on SUBASE," said Denno.
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