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Legacy Management Business Center Awarded Second Energy-Efficiency Award  

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced on August 20, 2010, that the DOE's Legacy Management Business Center (LMBC), located in the West Virginia University Research Park in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been awarded a second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council, making it the first double-gold building in West Virginia. The first Gold certification was awarded on July 13, 2010, to recognize the sustainable design and construction. The latest Gold award recognizes the building’s features in the Commercial Interiors category.

“Energy efficient buildings hold vast potential to reduce our energy use and lower bills for America’s families and businesses,” said Secretary Chu. “By demonstrating the benefits of energy efficiency in our facilities, the Federal government can lead the nation toward more sustainable building practices, while reducing the Federal carbon footprint and saving money for taxpayers.”

The primary mission for the Office of Legacy Management is to fulfill the Department’s post-closure responsibilities and ensure the future protection of human health and the environment. The LMBC operations contribute to the success of this mission by preserving, protecting, and storing legacy records for the Department’s closed sites.

The LMBC was originally planned to obtain LEED Silver certification. However, to demonstrate commitment to the principles established in President Obama’s Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, DOE decided to improve the design to meet the higher standard of LEED Gold. A commemoration plaque marking the award was received on August 9, 2010, and is now mounted in the LMBC.

To attain this goal, the LMBC was constructed using recycled-content materials, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood, low-emitting materials, and regional materials whenever possible. The integrated project team that worked on this effort included the landowner, developer, architect, LEED consultant, construction contractor, representatives from the U.S. General Services Administration, and DOE. All stakeholder organizations were given an opportunity to provide input early in the design process.

The health of the public and the environment, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality guided the design process and continue to guide facility operations.

This corresponds to Goal 2 of LM's Goals—
Preserve, protect, and make accessible legacy records and information.
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Last Updated: 10/20/2010