New village hall building hoping for a darker shade of green

Village to apply for state grant to make building a net-zero energy usage facility

— The grant application is due July 16, so the application team, spearheaded by Lotkowictz, project architect Connie Brace and planner Brian Pincelli of the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, are working diligently to complete and submit it on time.

Even without the grant and the solar and geothermal technologies, though, the new village hall facility will be as energy-efficient as possible, agreed both Lanning and Lotkowictz. Already in the renovation plans are increased insulation in the roof, LED (high energy efficiency) lighting for the building interior, “daylight harvesting” through the strategic placement of windows to utilize more natural light, creation of doorway vestibules to eliminate heat loss and other interior layout designs to promote energy efficiency, said project architect Connie Brace.

“We’re designing the building for energy efficiency. If we get the grant we’ll update that and achieve the net-zero status of the facility,” Lotkowictz said. “We’re not going to do these things unless we get the grant. The goal of the project is to stay within the sale price of the village offices, that’s the mayor’s mandate.”

LEED certification

Village officials also have decided to parlay their green building initiatives and apply for LEED certification for the new village hall.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence that provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions, according to the U.S. Green Building Council website. The USGBC is the non-profit organization that developed the LEED rating system in 2000.

LEED measures sustainability, water and energy efficiency, waste reduction, indoor environmental quality, design innovation and the promotion of education and awareness in building, home or community design. LEED certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs and increase asset value, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safer for occupants, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives.

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