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Chattanooga Airport FBO is first in world to be LEED Platinum Certified

Chattanooga Airport’s new 9,000ft2 FBO facility has been awarded platinum certification from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.

This is the highest possible level of energy and environmental performance achievement and the FBO is the first aviation terminal in the world to receive such certification.

“This remarkable achievement reflects the Chattanooga Airport’s belief that sustainability is more than a simple responsibility to the environment,” said Dan Jacobson, chairman of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority (CMAA). “Sustainability represents our civic duty to improve the quality of life for the community in which we all live, work and play.”

The FBO was designed by Allen & Hoshall and includes a number of green design and construction features, including:
• Almost 4,000 solar panels were installed just south of the terminal, generating more than one megawatt of clean power every year.
• 95% of all construction waste was recycled.
• Furniture throughout the facility was sourced from regional providers, limiting the pollution required to transport the materials.
• Alternative transportation is encouraged and easily accessible for both employees and clients, with direct access to CARTA, bike storage and changing rooms, and reserved parking for low emissions and fuel-efficient vehicles.
• Landscaping throughout the campus is comprised of indigenous plants requiring no water for hydration.

The airport received a Voluntary Airport Low Emissions grant through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which assisted in the development of the one megawatt solar farm.

“This solar farm and the LEED-certified FBO are examples of how to build America’s infrastructure so that it’s sustainable for years to come,” said FAA acting administrator Michael Huerta. “They are innovative, clean energy projects that create jobs and that use American know-how to improve our economy.”

Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council added, “The Chattanooga Airport’s LEED certification of the new FBO campus demonstrates tremendous leadership in the sustainability movement. These new FBO facilities efficiently use our natural resources and make an immediate, positive impact on our planet and this community, which will benefit future generations.”

Photo: Michel Lebel

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