New Wright-Patterson satellite pharmacy saving energy

Construction of the new Wright-Patterson Satellite Pharmacy will incorporate new technologies to better serve both current and retired U.S. airmen and their families and save energy.

The new 10,243-square-foot facility will feature energy-efficient lighting, thermally efficient windows and skylights for daylighting, optimized temperature controls for comfort and energy savings, enhanced refrigerant management to optimized temperature control and protect the environment and water efficient landscaping to reduce water consumption, reports the Dayton Daily News.

Energy-saving measures and green construction practices incorporated into the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver-certified design and compliance with the Air Force Sustainability Requirements Scoresheet will support a relaxed visit for pharmacy customers and a comfortable area for the staff while saving energy and the environment at the same time.

LEED is a rating system devised by the U.S. Green Building Council to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation toward sustainable design. LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.

The framework incorporates a better understanding of the materials and the effect on human health and the environment, a performance-based approach to indoor environmental quality for better occupant comfort and provides a clearer picture of water efficiency by evaluating total building water use.

The LEED silver design and construction creates a structure that is 32 percent more energy efficient than the U.S. minimum standards of ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers is an organization devoted to the advancement of indoor-environment-control technology develops standards and guidelines for that end.

The Air Force Sustainability Requirements Scoresheet encompasses both federal requirements for high performance and sustainable building requirements and standards that enable the construction of efficient and sustainable buildings to reduce cost of maintenance over the lifetime of the facility.

The old thought that cost was the only criteria for construction is not the only criteria any longer. Life-cycle cost models and environmental guidelines are the requirement of project models today. Balance between the first cost to construct and cost to operate and maintain are now considered from concept to completion of a project.

The design and commitment to sustainable building construction will produce an energy-efficient and easier-to-maintain facility, officials said.

Air Force policy is to reduce the life-cycle costs of facilities by maximizing sustainable development principles and strategies in the design and construction of facilities, consistent with mission, budget and client requirements.



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