HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – A unique environmental distinction on Wednesday for a building here in western Massachusetts. 22News is working for you to explain what it means for a building to be “certified green”.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife building became the first building in Hadley to receive this “Gold Certified Green” status.
Buildings receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or “LEED” certification if they meet certain strict standards in efficiency.
For the past ten years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife building in Hadley has received: lighting and plumbing improvements, appliance replacements, and most noticeably solar panels on the roof to provide 12-percent of the building’s energy.
Architect Liz Dawson told 22News it’s easy to get started making your own home more efficient.
“Get an energy audit, it’s a good place to find out what opportunities you have to reduce energy use and sometimes working with an electric utility company can help you find incentives and get things done,” said Dawson.
LEED certification looks at site energy and water use, air quality, materials and solid waste. Even landscaping, adding plants and trees was a factor in improving the building’s green qualities.
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