CLINTON, Ill. (Dec. 18, 2009) - There's a new silver lining at Clinton Power Station. The station's recently completed Administration Building received a Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making the facility the first administration building at any nuclear generating station to achieve such a designation and the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in DeWitt and Macon counties.
The USGBC's rating system is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing highperformance, sustainable buildings. The rating system was designed by leading experts in the construction industry to promote buildings that are economically profitable, environmentally friendly, healthy and productive places to work.
Construction started on the 80,000 square-foot, three-story office building in 2007. Employees moved into the facility in December 2008. The state-of-the-art building features a three-story atrium that lets natural lighting into the building, water efficient fixtures; energy efficient heating and cooling equipment; recycled building materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation and design process.
The new building obtained the Silver rating by minimizing and recycling construction waste, using a roof that reflects light, installing a high-efficiency heating and cooling system and using energy-efficient water fixtures in the restrooms.
"Exelon is committed to a clean environment, and I'm excited that Clinton Power Station is setting a standard for Exelon's nuclear facilities," said Russ Kearney, Site Vice President. "Nuclear energy is virtually carbon free and our new LEED certified building is yet another way to further reduce greenhouse gases."
Measured against industry baseline standards, the total water savings is projected 42.7% and energy savings at 28.8%. Also, the recycled content value of the new building is 15.1%. The new building "features" that didn't contribute to LEED, but that are noteworthy:
• Two-story atrium that brings natural light to the core of the building
• Abundance of natural light in the open office areas with solar screening to minimize heat gain
• Community gathering areas
• Centralized records storage
• Lighting control systems
Building and construction components that contributed to LEED certification:
• Siting of the building to minimize excavation and fill
• Preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles
• Using concrete paving and high reflectance roofing to minimize heat island effect
• Use of high efficiency lighting
• Use of water conserving plumbing fixtures
• Zero use of CFC-Based refrigerants
• Energy efficient HVAC systems
• Contractor managed recycling of construction debris which kept nearly 60% (58.3%) of construction waste out of landfills.
• Use of recycled materials in construction (primarily steel and concrete).
• Use of low VOC paints and coatings
• 100% use of certified wood
• 100% use of low emitting carpets
In July 2008, Exelon Corporation unveiled a comprehensive environmental plan that sets the standard for environmental action by a major U.S. energy utility. Called Exelon 2020: A Low-Carbon Roadmap, the plan details an enterprise-wide approach and host of initiatives being pursued by the Exelon family of companies to reduce Exelon's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and those of its customers, communities, suppliers and markets.
Receiving LEED certification for buildings is not new for Exelon. In mid 2007, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Exelon Corporation the highest environmental rating for its "green" office space for its headquarters in downtown Chicago. Exelon's headquarters is the largest to receive the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum Commercial Interiors (CI) certification. Earlier in 2009, two other Exelon facilities earned LEED Silver Certification - Exelon's Renewable Energy Education Center at Fairless Hills, PA and PECO's West Chester Service Building, located in West Chester, PA.
The LEED Green Building Rating Systemâ„¢ is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The rating system was designed by leading experts in the construction industry to promote buildings that are economically profitable, environmentally friendly, healthy and productive places to work.