LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.


Visit http://www.usgbc.org/leed to learn more.


 The number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification. There are four levels of certification - the number of points that a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive.

Typical certification thresholds are as follows:


 LEED certification is a rating sys­tem designed by the U.S. Green Build­ings Council. It provides a third-party

certification that structures—includ­ing homes,

commercial construction and existing buildings—satisfy green building criteria in areas such as mate­rials and resources, sustainable sites, innovation in design,

and energy and atmosphere. LEED is considered the benchmark of sustainable construc­tion standards.


 LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 44,000 projects currently participate in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 10.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 135 countries.   
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York County Natural Gas Authority Awarded Silver LEED® Certification

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York County Natural Gas Authority announced on February 10, 2014 that it was awarded LEED® Silver Certification, earning 50 points

in the LEED certification requirements.

They achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The Customer Service Center, completed in 2011, contains 19,800 sq. ft. of office space including an appliance showroom, payment center, support offices and outdoor living area. By design, the customer center, which houses an appliance show­room, customer service,

and bill pay of­fices, uses 35% less water

and 20% less energy than required by code. Roughly 98% of waste generated during the construction of the building (1,200 tons)

was sent to recycling facilities. Tankless, gas-fired water heaters reduce needed energy for water by 50%.

The site also included a CNG station to fuel YCNGA vehicles, as well as provide CNG

to the public. Approximately 9,000 gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG are supplied per month at the site. YCNGA is a leader in the natural gas vehicle business, and actively promotes alternative fuel vehicles. It is the

first CNG sta­tion in South Carolina to receive a LEED Certification.


The project was designed by Yates Chreitzberg Hughes Architects, based in Concord, N.C.,

and constructed by JM Cope Construction, of Rock Hill, S.C. See YCNGA on their website: 

YCH Architects

With an upfront investment in green building design, YCNGA expects lower operating costs and increased property values. According to Jim Heckle, President of York County Natural Gas Authority, “As a leader in clean energy, our utility believes that sustainability leads to market differentiation and improved financial performance. It’s important to us as a public company, to responsibly manage our system while offering an inviting space for customers

to do business in. We’re very excited to promote Green Building and be among a select group

of sustainable and innovative buildings that are LEED certified.”

 “Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO, & Founding Chair of U.S. Green Building Council. “The YCNGA project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

Certification category Info


(17/28) Sustainable sites: Strategies that minimize the impact on ecosystems and water resources. Specifically: Site Selection & development, Community connectivity,

Alternative transportation (such as a bicycle rack, fuel-efficient vehicles, select parking,

storm water design, heat island effect).

(5/10) Water efficiency: Promote smarter use of water, inside and out, to reduce potable water consumption. Specifically: Water efficient landscaping, water use reduction (indoors).

(1/35) Energy & atmosphere: Credits promote better building energy performance through innovative strategies. Specifically: Optimize energy performance.

(7/14) Materials & resources: Credits encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste. Specifically: Construction waste management, recycle content, regional materials, certified wood.

(11/23) Indoor environmental quality: Promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views. Specifically: Outdoor air delivery monitoring, Construction IAQ management plan,

low-emitting materials in sealants, paints, flooring, wood, controllability of lighting and thermal comfort, thermal comfort design, daylight and views.

Bonus credit categories:

  • (5 of 7) Innovation in design or innovation in operations
  • (4/4) Regional priority

YCNGA's scores are listed above, but you can see the official scorecard here:









James T. Sprouse, Jr Appointed New CEO and President 


June 30, 2017


The Board of Directors of York County Natural Gas Authority (Authority) is pleased to announce the appointment of James (Jimmy) T. Sprouse Jr. as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Authority.

Mr. Sprouse is a graduate of Clemson University and has over 25 years of extensive utility and energy industry experience.  He has worked in various progressive roles within the Authority, ranging from Construction Crewman to Executive Vice President.  

After serving as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Sprouse assumes the role as President and CEO effective immediately, following the recent retirement of Mr. James (Jim) A. Heckle.


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