Sacramento International Airport is now LEED-Silver certified, having finished a $1 billion terminal and 19-gate concourse.
The new Terminal B’s green features exceed California energy efficiency standards by 25% – it has a cool roof, expansive glass curtainwalls with solar shading, evaporative cooling for baggage areas, along with what’s become standard for green buildings: high efficiency HVAC and lighting, use of recycled materials, low-flow water devices, etc.
Careful attention was given to reuse and recycling materials during demolition and construction, including recycling wood and glass, copper piping and wiring, steel and concrete.
Dubbed “Big Build,” the airport systems team and architects Corgan Associates and Fentress Architects (their second LEED Silver certified airport in California) worked closely with advisors from the local utility Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), an early leader in green practices. SMUD gave the airport a $150,000 rebate.
Terminal 2 at Oakland International Airport got LEED-Silver certification in 2010. It was the first US airport passenger terminal to receive the award.
The Rental Car Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport also received LEED-Silver last month. In addition to the standard green efficiency features, 30% of construction materials are sourced regionally and have recycled content and 67% of wood is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
LEED projects often recycle impressive amounts of construction waste these days – this project recycled 97%.