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Compass issue 12
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Compass is a quarterly publication of the USDA Forest Service's Southern Research Station (SRS). As part of the Nation's largest forestry research organization -- USDA Forest Service Research and Development -- SRS serves 13 Southern States and beyond. The Station's 130 scienists work in more than 20 units located across the region at Federal laboratories, universites, and experimental forests.



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Issue 12

New Laboratory Receives Green Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded the SRS Savannah River Forestry Sciences Laboratory with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

The LEED® Green Building Rating System is a third-party certification program administered by the nonprofit Green Building Council for the design, construction, and operation of high performance, sustainable buildings.

 

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The 4,200-square-foot laboratory and office building is located in New Ellenton, SC, just outside the Savannah River Site on the Warner Savannah River Research Campus. The facility is home to eight SRS scientists and technicians who conduct ecological research on the forests of the Savannah River Site, which is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Savannah River Forestry Sciences Laboratory is 33 percent more energy efficient than a standard building. It incorporates numerous sustainable and energy efficient features including a geothermal heating and air conditioning system, highly efficient light fixtures and windows to reduce energy use, and building materials made from recycled waste products, just to name a few. The facility includes other savings and benefits that are more difficult to measure, such as increased employee productivity because of enhanced natural lighting and improved indoor air quality. Energy models estimate that SRS is saving close to $2,000 a year through sustainable building practices at the laboratory.

Savannah River Forestry Sciences Laboratory, New Ellenton, SC (U.S. Forest Service photo)
Savannah River Forestry Sciences Laboratory, New Ellenton, SC (U.S. Forest Service photo)

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