District "Green" Yard

12 2011 leed platinumFeatures of LEED “Platinum” CMSD Yard

Overview 
The new Costa Mesa Sanitary District Yard facility at 174 W. Wilson Street, Costa Mesa, has advanced architectural, engineering, and landscape design qualifying the building and site to be "Platinum" certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC.)

The building and site are constructed from local resources that are easily renewed and combines energy efficiency through architectural design and energy efficient systems.

District yard entranceThe building and site include the following features:

  • Energy efficiency of 25% better than code.
  • Approaching a carbon neutral footprint.
  • 10.1 KW solar panel electricity generating system and Solatube lighting.
  • All offices are naturally day lit from windows and/or skylights.
  • Natural ventilation through operable windows and vented skylights.
  • Double pane windows and doors (double glazing).
  • Durable white reflective “Cool Roof” helps reduce building heat.
  • Concrete parking lot helps minimize the “urban heat island effect” by reflecting more of the sun than an asphalt parking lot>.
  • Paints, glue and adhesives contain less pollutants for better indoor environmental quality.
  • High efficiency water fixtures use 40% less domestic water.
  • Vegetated open space area exceeds code by 25%.
  • Drought tolerant native gardens and landscaping.
  • Specially engineered infiltration trench captures runoff so storm water and associated pollutants are contained and filtered on the property.
  • Floors, walls, and furnishings made from “sustainable materials” (renewable materials such as bamboo that re-grows within a 10-year life cycle).
  • Over 75% of building construction waste was recycled, and over 50% of waste generated during normal operation will be recycled.

District officials received confirmation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington D.C. that the CMSD Yard is certified as Platinum LEED for new construction! This is the highest certification awarded by USGBC for buildings that are highly energy and resource efficient. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, verified that the Yard was designed and built using strategies aimed at energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.