The County of San Bernardino is committed to going “green,” and part of this pledge entails requiring new County buildings meet a stringent building rating standard established by the United States Green Building Council.
The rating standard, known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance “green” buildings. By adopting LEED building standards, the County will reduce its energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, construction waste, and water usage. Adhering to LEED standards will drive up the one-time cost of construction, but, in the long run, it will significantly reduce the County’s utility expenses.
The commitment to follow LEED standards comes as the County prepares to invest more than $300 million to replace aging 1950s era buildings in the City of San Bernardino that are by no means energy efficient. In addition, the County plans to build a new High Desert Government Center in the City of Hesperia.
The County’s 1st LEED building will be the Crestline Library, which will be located at 24105 Lake Drive in Crestline. The project is currently in the design phase with construction expected to commence in early 2009. The new library will be 7,665 square feet, more than double the size of the existing library located at 23555 Knapps Cutoff.