Madison Fire Station No. 12 was awarded the Platinum level of LEED™ Certification from the United States Green Building Council. This project is only the second in the nation to achieve LEED™ Platinum Certification.

We were hired to design the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems as well as the landscape components, and we directed the LEED™ certification process. Many sustainable design features were incorporated into this project, including photovoltaic panels, solar domestic water heating, rain water harvesting, geothermal heating and cooling, and a green roof. The project also included sustainable design strategies such as “cool” daylighting, which uses sensors to shut off light fixtures when there is enough sunlight, incorporation of recycled content materials, water conservation practices, environmental site conservation, and lighting and HVAC energy management systems.

The geothermal heating and cooling system uses heat pumps that transfer heat from the earth to the building in the winter and from the building to the earth in the summer. Energy modeling of the proposed design predicted that the building will use 50 percent less energy than code-allowed maximum energy use.

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