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L.A. port's police facility scores gold LEED rating

The Port of Los Angeles recently received gold-level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for its new police headquarters. The 50,000-square-foot, three-story facility is the first gold LEED-registered building at the port and in San Pedro, Calif., port officials said in a prepared statement.
The design for the $60 million headquarters incorporated many sustainability elements that met LEED requirements for initial and long-term operating efficiency, including pervious paving and landscaped bio-filtration/stormwater retention areas; high-reflectance paving and cool roof materials; high-efficiency irrigation equipment and controllers, and domestic water fixtures; and reduced lighting power density and intensive daylighting. In addition, more than half of the construction materials by value were produced with recycled products and more than 80 percent were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

The LEED rating system promotes sustainable building and development practices by recognizing projects that incorporate better environmental and health performance strategies. The port’s police facility received a total score of 42 points in the following categories: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation and design process.

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