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      THE GREEN STATUS OF FIRE STATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES: AN ANALYSIS OF LEED-NC V3

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          Abstract

          Fire protection is an essential public service but also one of the costliest ones. Considerable resources are devoted to fire protection including equipment, staff, training, and the facilities to house them. Fire stations, in particular, have a significant cost impact on state and municipal budgets. Fire stations are required in most local governments and like other municipal buildings are central to identity. To limit the cost of operating a fire station, municipalities have looked to more green building options. Green-rating systems such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system have been used in the U.S. to assess green buildings. Thus, this paper aims to analyze 95 certified fire stations under the LEED-NC 2009 version (v3) that are located in the United States. A scorecard analysis (credits and points) of public data available serve as the foundation to describe the status of the green design and construction of these fire stations. The findings indicate that the points in the Material Resources (MR) category are achieved at the lowest rate compared to the other categories, on average 38% of 14 available points were earned. In addition, the points in the Energy and Atmosphere (EA) category are one of the lowest achievement rates, equal to 40.2%. The data also shows that 82% of LEED-certified fire stations belong to career or mostly career type, which are municipality fire departments funded by local governments. The significance of this study is to demonstrate the importance of both MR and EA categories for the design and construction phases of green fire stations.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                jgrb
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1552-6100
                1943-4618
                1943-4618
                Spring 2019
                : 14
                : 2
                : 137-153
                Author notes

                1. Sr. Project Manager, Starbucks, Seattle, WA 98134; email: pradnyeshrokde@ 123456gmail.com

                2. Associated Professor, Dept. of Construction Management, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523 (corresponding author); email: rvaldes@ 123456colostate.edu

                3. Assistant Professor, Construction Management Technology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078; email: rachel.mosier@ 123456okstate.edu

                Article
                jgb.14.2.137
                10.3992/1943-4618.14.2.137
                © 2019 College Publishing
                Page count
                Pages: 17
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                RESEARCH

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