LEED Gold Building
In 2010, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Beaver Water District’s Administration Center LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency, lighting, water, and material use, as well as for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
The design focuses on maximum energy savings with an eye to the future. The challenge was to build the center using resources to their greatest benefit and keeping waste to a bare minimum. The structure is oriented with long north/south walls to take advantage of daylight and provide ample views of the treatment facilities to the south. Extensive landscaping, water features, and areas of native plantings surround the building. A ground source geothermal system provides efficient heating and cooling. This system, coupled with ample use of daylight and lighting controls, results in low energy use.