California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund has opened a new green campus in Vacaville, Calif. The group said in a demonstration of its ongoing commitment to ensuring the health of California’s communities and environment, it opened the doors of its new facility to 750 employees and expects the building, built with sustainable resources and innovative technology, will earn the campus a Silver U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in early 2009.
“The construction of a green facility is one step in State Fund’s larger effort to implement cost-effective technologies to help us reduce energy consumption, shrink our carbon footprint, and introduce more environmentally friendly practices into the workplace,” said State Fund President Jan Frank.
In addition to reducing waste by using recycled building materials, State Fund diverted 75 percent of construction waste away from landfills. The building’s water consumption was reduced by more than 40 percent through the use of low flow toilets and other technologies. The building’s energy performance is more than an 18 percent improvement over Title 24, California’s energy efficiency standards for residential and non-residential buildings.
Other highlights of the Vacaville campus include use of:
-300kW renewable photovoltaic panels that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions;
-Low-emitting materials, such as adhesives, sealants, paints, carpet and wood;
-Energy efficient light fixtures and lamps throughout 80 percent of the campus, as well as energy efficient HVAC and electrical equipment;
-And server virtualization technology in the data center that reduces the number of servers.
“I am proud that State Fund is taking steps to minimize its environmental impact, and we will continue to identify areas where we can enhance our environmental awareness,” Frank said.
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