What Makes the Green Build Green?

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The Airport Authority is committed to being a good steward of the environment and reducing the airport’s carbon footprint. In fact, SDIA was one of the first airports in the nation to adopt a sustainability policy, and just this year the Airport Authority received its fifth – and third consecutive – “Recycler of the Year” award from the City of San Diego. The Green Build is the latest demonstration of the Airport Authority’s dedication to the environment.

From the beginning, the Authority set out to design and build the terminal expansion with an eye toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, focusing on ways to decrease energy consumption, among other opportunities.

The Green Build will incorporate sustainable design principles with the goal of meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.

So what does LEED certification mean? LEED is a nationally accepted certification that promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Some of the key opportunities for incorporating sustainable design principles and LEED guidelines into The Green Build, include:

  • Decreased water usage
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Use of alternative energy sources
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