Arlington County’s new Warren G. Stambaugh Human Services Center has been awarded LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“Green buildings have many benefits including more efficient and cost effective use of building resources, significant energy and operational savings, increased productivity and reduced absenteeism among occupants, and reduced stormwater and air pollution impacts,” said Arlington County Board Chairman Christopher Zimmerman. “The new Stambaugh Center sets a great example for future building projects, both public and private, in the community.”
The Human Services Center achieved LEED certification for its successful retrofit of an existing building -- including energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
“Arlington’s LEED certification for the Human Services Center demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Arlington’s ongoing effort serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”
LEED certification of the Human Services Center was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
- Energy efficient lighting (motion sensors)
- Low-emitting materials, adhesives, paints and flooring
- EnergyStar rated equipment and appliances
- Long Term Lease (+10 years)
- 23.32% of total building materials used recycled materials
- Thermal comfort monitoring
Warren G. Stambaugh Human Services Center
The facility was named in honor of Warren G. Stambaugh, who served in the Virginia General Assembly from 1973 until his death in 1990. Throughout his career, Stambaugh fought for the rights of persons with mental and physical disabilities and for services and opportunities to assist them. His dedication to equal opportunity for all was illustrated by his successful two-year effort to secure passage of the Virginians with Disabilities Act. This comprehensive “civil rights” bill for persons with disabilities guarantees the rights of all disabled citizens to employment, housing, education, transportation, public accommodations, and needed services.
The Human Services Center is located at 2100 Washington Blvd. in the Penrose Neighborhood. DHS provides and promotes essential community services through five main divisions: Economic Independence, Child and Family Services, Public Health, Aging and Disability Services, and Behavioral Healthcare. The Human Services Center also features the Arlington Employment Center, the region’s only Comprehensive One-Stop Workforce Center and one of only seven in the state.
U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 32,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 9.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.
By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.
For more information, visit www.usgbc.org