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NNSA Celebrates Earth Week: Y-12 building achieves environmental status, lowers energy costs

It's the little things
In just five months, the Jack Case Center at NNSA's Y-12 National Security Complex has not only achieved compliance with a national building standard for energy sustainability, but has also accomplished a 21.4 percent reduction in energy consumption.

This reduction makes the 400,000 square foot facility Y-12’s first building to meet High Performance and Sustainable Building (HBSB) compliance, which is intended to create more efficient and environmentally friendly work areas. Under Presidential Executive Order, buildings associated with federal operations that are greater than 5,000 square feet in size will be HPSB compliant. Y-12’s New Hope Center is also in compliance, but had already met the requirements through LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certification.

Dino Herrera, Deputy Associate Deputy Administrator for Infrastructure and Construction says, “As the stewards of federal facilities, we strive to achieve substantial energy savings and avoid costs with improved efficiency. This effort has had a positive impact for both Y-12 and NNSA, and the Jack Case Center will account for 29 percent of NNSA’s progress towards this year’s HPSB goals.”

The Jack Case Center was built with many energy-efficient measures already in place. Motion-activated bathroom fixtures have helped promote water conservation in check. Lighting fixtures utilize highly efficient fluorescent lamps, exterior walls are insulated, and all exterior windows are double-paned, insulated, and made low-emissivity glass.

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