BELLINGHAM - Whatcom Community College's new auxiliary services building has earned LEED Silver certification for its sustainable design elements.
The building, which opened in spring 2013, is home to the campus facilities department and the copy, print and mail center.
The building was plumbed to use 40 percent less water than conventional buildings, modeled to use 28 percent less energy, and has lighting that is 29 to 50 percent more efficient.
It also features solar panels, an electric vehicle charging station, designated parking for alternative fuel vehicles, native plantings and rain gardens to manage stormwater, and infrastructure to support bicycling.
All new state-funded buildings on WCC's campus will be built to LEED standards to minimize environmental impact and save money, according to the college.
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