DEC's Warrensburg office certified as 'green'

WARRENSBURG - The state Department of Environmental Conservation's regional office in Warrensburg has won statewide attention after being certified as a "green" building, DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis announced Monday.

The U.S. Green Building Council gave the building a Gold rating for its energy efficiency and environmental capability in accord with national building standards, Grannis said.

"This is the first DEC building to be so awarded, and the first building in the Adirondack Park to receive a Gold rating," Grannis said. "Utilizing buildings meeting these standards demonstrates DEC's commitment to conserve, improve and protect our environment, combat climate change, and build a sustainable future for generations to come."

Located just north of the center of town off Golf Course Road, the DEC offices were renovated and expanded in 2005 to become more functional, more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, DEC spokesman David Winchell said.

"The idea was to make the building more sustainable, reduce its carbon footprint and energy use, and provide for alternative vehicles," he said.

About 8,000 square feet of office space and meeting rooms were added onto the original building which first opened in 1963. The original portion of the building was renovated, boosting the efficiency of heating, cooling and lighting.

An energy analysis indicated that the building is about 30 percent more energy efficient than conventional construction, while providing better interior and exterior lighting, and more efficient air distribution. There are also triple-glazed windows, extra insulation in the walls and roof, waterless urinals in the men's rooms, automated lighting controls throughout, and all stormwater is retained on site.

DEC also provides alternative-fuel vehicles for staff field work, electric vehicle recharging stations and a bicycle rack for employee and visitor use. Statewide, DEC now operates more than 500 alternative-fuel, light-duty vehicles.

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