Published on December 11th, 2008 | by Reenita Malhotra5
Shangri-La Construction Unveils World’s First Aviation Hangar To Achieve LEED Paltinum Certification
Hangar 25 at Bob Hope airport in Burbank, CA – Interior
Shangri-La Industries has introduced its newly formed business unit, Shangri-La Construction, at today’s unveiling of their inaugural project: Hangar 25, the world’s first aviation hangar to achieve Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating System™ at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California.
Shangri-La Industries is a diversified firm integrating environmentally-conscious development, sustainable construction and innovative green technology to create the next generation of business solutions. Steve Bing, the founder and environmental advocate recognized that reducing energy consumption would not only yield environmental benefits, but also generate significant cost savings.
Beyond aviation, Shangri-La is working with clients to retrofit commercial office space with energy- and cost-efficient upgrades. Most notably, an exciting relationship has been forged with Thompson National Properties to create sustainable developments in the government, university, hospitality, and low-income housing sectors through the jointly created $100 million TNP/SLI Green Building Fund.
“Hangar 25 represents the future of the commercial building industry as it demonstrates the financial viability of environmentally friendly construction. We prove that businesses can go green without sacrificing their balance sheets or high design standards,”
said Andy Meyers, President, Shangri-La Construction.
Hangar 25 – Rooftop
Research has shown that buildings are crucial in the worldwide effort to shrink emissions and energy usage. A 2007 study conducted by the United Nations found that energy-efficient architecture can do more to fight global warming than all greenhouse gas caps under the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol. According to the USGBC, the new wave of green buildings can reduce energy usage by 25-50% and carbon emissions by 33-39%. With these facts in mind, Shangri-La Industries has crafted a unique offering to reflect the rigorous demands of our modern economy and environment.
Hangar 25’s key sustainable design features include:
- Solar array that produces 110% of the building’s operational electricity needs
- Electric tow and other vehicles powered by the solar array instead of diesel
- Daylight harvesting through strategic design including a diamond-polished concrete floor that reflects light
- Diamond-polished concrete floor does not use toxic sealants that require regular reapplication and maintenance
- A water-based hi-fog fire suppression system that eliminates toxic and ozone depleting chemicals that require storage infrastructure, regular replacement, and, if deployed, damage aircraft and require haz-mat cleanup
- Evaporative coolers employed to eliminate need for refrigerant-based cooling that increases thermal comfort by 10 – 20 degrees
- Plumbing that reduces water use by 60% through low flush, low flow and waterless fixtures to reduce the burden on city water supply and waste-water systems
- Sustainable landscaping including the use of drought-tolerant native plants and a no-mow, no-water Synlawn.
Hangar 25 – Exterior
A video demonstration along with the dimensions and layout can be seen at their official website: http://3030nclybournavenue.com.
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