Designed and built to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the new California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) fire station located in Nevada City is a model of energy efficiency, water conservation and environmental sensitivity.
The CAL FIRE facility, a Department of General Services-managed project, features eight buildings including an administration building and barracks & mess hall built to achieve LEED certification, plus an apparatus building, dozer shed, auto shop, storage building, and generator building. Once the certification process is complete, the CAL FIRE facility will be the first LEED-certified state fire station in California.
Sustainable features include:
- Reducing energy use through energy efficient lighting using occupancy sensors to turn off lights when rooms are unoccupied.
- Conserving water via low-flow toilets, urinals, sinks, showers, and irrigation system.
- Protecting local water supply through storm water filtration system.
- Planting native, drought-tolerant plants that use 50 percent less water than the previous site.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through use of priority parking for vanpools, carpools, and low-emitting vehicles. Putting in place bike racks and showers to encourage employees to bike to work.
- Using sustainably-forested wood products in construction of new buildings.
- Trees removed from site due to construction were recycled and reused as mulch in on-site organic garden and as lumber.
- Recycling or reusing more than 75 percent of construction waste. Existing asphalt roads were used as ‘fill’ under the new on-site roadways.
California is committed to designing, building and operating state facilities that reduce state government’s collective environmental footprint. Through a sweeping executive order, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has directed all state agencies and departments to green the state’s buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency.