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LEED Gold-certified homeless shelter

September 10, 2009
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LEESBURG, VA — The new combined homeless shelter and transitional housing center is Loudoun County''s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building, according to the Loudoun Times-Mirror.
Achieving certification on the Gold level, the building features low-flow fixtures, no volatile organic compound (VOC) paint, carpet and furniture, an ultraviolet (UV) light air filtration system and occupancy sensors for lighting, the story stated.
Ninety-seven percent of construction waste generated from the project was recycled rather than put into a landfill, the story noted.
According to the story, additional LEED points were earned by incorporating bikes racks to encourage non-fossil fuel transportation and offering preferred parking for low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles.
Bill Clark of the Department of Construction and Solid Waste Management, said: "[This is] a good thing for us to do, to build this sort of structure and not ignore these people and not judge them but to help them. It defines us as a community. [This is a project] everyone should be proud of, a really good use of tax dollars."
The shelter, which was worked on by Waynesboro Construction and is operated by Volunteers of America, was expanded from 8,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet and is set to open later this month, the story added.
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