Alagasco’s new Anniston operations center on the former Fort McClellan military base site is seeking certification for LEED® New Construction Silver status from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a nationally recognized, third party certification program that incorporates universally accepted benchmarks for the design, construction and operation of high performance buildings. It gives owners and operators a way to measure the performance of their buildings.
During the Oct. 30 unveiling ceremony, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce awarded the building a Green Business Certification.
The new office comes equipped with water-efficient bathroom fixtures, tankless water heaters, occupant-sensing and low-mercury lighting, and a multi-zone gas heat pump. It also has bike racks and changing rooms for employees who want to commute by bike.
Since most of the seated spaces in the building have a view outside, low-emissivity glass was used for windows to cut down on radiant energy and, in turn, cost.
If the application is approved, the Anniston operations center will be the second Alagasco building to earn LEED status. Alagasco’s Center for Energy Technology in downtown Birmingham received its LEED certification in 2010. You can read more about the benefits of green building design here.
The operations center moved from downtown Anniston to the former military base, which is being converted into a mixed-use site for the Anniston area.