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Sugar Land’s Fire Station No. 7 Receives LEED Certification

Pictured (L-R) during a LEED certification ceremony at Fire Station No. 7 was Councilmember Amy Mitchell; Mayor James Thompson; and Councilmembers Harish Jajoo, Donald L. Smithers and Himesh Gandhi.

Fire Station No. 7 recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The fire station’s environmentally conscious construction and sustainable practices make it the City’s first LEED certified building.

Buildings are awarded LEED certification depending on the number of credits they are awarded in the categories of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

“Sugar Land firefighters believe the LEED aspects of the building make a positive impact on the station,” said Assistant Fire Chief Clay Fenwick.  “The natural lighting features make the station feel more open and the individual climate controls for the dorm rooms allow personnel to adjust temperatures for their individual comfort.”

The station’s sustainable features include the following items:

• Regional materials were used for construction, and an emphasis was placed on the use of recycled products throughout the building.

• The wood used for the walls, cabinetry and doors is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, an organization that promotes responsible forest management.

• Toilets, faucets and shower heads with low water flow rates reduce the station’s water consumption by at least 20 percent.

• The station also provides bicycle storage and encourages firefighters to carpool by offering priority parking for those vehicles.

• Energy efficient appliances, light fixtures and HVAC systems serve the station’s needs while reducing energy consumption costs.

Fire Station No. 7’s LEED certification marks a significant milestone in the City of Sugar Land’s effort to reduce its environmental footprint.

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