Sustainability: Leon County, Fla.

By Dan Hounsell, Editor  
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Sustainability: Cherokee County (N.C.) School DistrictPt. 2: This PagePt. 3: Renovations & Retrofits: Mississippi State UniversityPt. 4: Renovations & Retrofits: Orlando HealthPt. 5: Financial Management: Lee Cty. Port Authority/SW Fla. International AirportPt. 6: Financial Management: Stony Brook (N.Y.) UniversityPt. 7: Personnel Management: University of MichiganPt. 8: Personnel Management: University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPt. 9: All 2013 FMD Achievement Award Entries

Leon County, Fla.

The facilities management department wanted to provide county residents with an educational tool for sustainable technology practices. The maintenance staff retrofitted an inefficient 50-year old building with state-of-the-art technology in demonstration of sustainable practices. Sustainability programs have supplied a considerable amount of the required water used to irrigate an on-site botanical garden, cooling via groundwater-sourced HVAC systems, and a majority of the facility's own energy needs through installation of solar PV panels. To further reduce electricity demand, part of the existing building's HVAC system was replaced by a closed-loop geothermal HVAC system, which has reduced annual electricity use by about 3,000 kilowatt-hours.

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