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New La Plata Town Hall is One of Only Two 'Green' Bldgs. in Charles



The relatively new La Plata Town Hall Building has earned recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council as one of only two "green buildings" in Charles County. Photo Courtesy of Facchina Construction Company.

LA PLATA, Md. - The Town of La Plata's Town Hall Building has earned recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council as one of only two "green buildings" in Charles County. The town received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it one of the county's greenest and most energy-efficient buildings.

The La Plata Town hall was completed as a design/build project by Facchina Construction Company, Inc. based in La Plata, Md., in a partnering relationship with its designer KGD Architecture. From initial planning through design and construction, the design/build team aimed for obtaining LEED certification, say Facchina officials.

Construction of the building was completed in early 2005 and houses the Town of La Plata government and offices as well as public meeting facilities. "We are very proud of the building and its recent LEED certification and hope this shows our continued commitment to delivering products in accordance with today's environmental standards" said George Nash, Director of Facchina's Commercial Building Division.

The LEED Rating System was designed to encourage and facilitate the development of more "sustainable buildings." It is a voluntary process that promotes environmentally friendly buildings and has become the national standard by which "Green Buildings" are judged.

To receive LEED Certification, buildings are graded using five environmental categories including: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality.

According to the USGBC, they are a non-profit organization composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

Source: Facchina Construction Company

RELATED INFORMATION:

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
http://www.usgbc.org/

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19

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