The Electric Power Board (EPB), was honoured by the Sierra Club environmental group for the highly energy-efficient design of its headquarters building in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In June, the 7-year-old building finally received LEED certification, which is for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
“EPB’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people. For us, improving the quality of life in our building made sense,” according to Elizabeth Hammitt, EPB’s administrator for environmental policy.
To EPB, that entailed water usage reduction, automatic lights which switch off when not in use, and various other energy conservation tricks. Lighting control can play a major role in energy efficiency improvement, as some lighting systems consume a great deal of power.
“It does make financial sense. Going green doesn’t really mean more money. I think we’ve proven that if you focus on efficiency first, [savings] quickly outweigh the costs of going green,” she said.
I agree with that! I have saved a significant amount of energy without spending any money, by simply switching things off when they are not in use.
The company saved enough water to fill 15 standard U.S. swimming pools in 2013, and 5.7 million kWh of electricity.