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:
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.”