Sustainability

At PCC, sustainability isn’t just an ideal, it’s a commitment that extends to all the work being accomplished through the PCC bond program. PCC strives for LEED Gold certification, and is committed to achieving LEED Silver for new facilities and LEED EB (Existing Buildings) in buildings we renovate. LEED refers to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, the nationally recognized benchmark for environmentally-friendly construction.

LEED ratings depend on credits accrued in categories such as building on a sustainable site, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality. For example, a LEED-certified structure might be built on a location that optimizes natural daylight and that uses materials with a high percentage of recycled content.

New construction will be LEED certified

PCC’s Newberg Center is LEED Platnium and “Net Zero, Carbon-Neutral”, which means it generates the same amount of energy it expends.

 

Existing buildings will be renovated for efficiency

In addition to new buildings, the bond allows older PCC buildings to be renovated to improve energy efficiency. Some of these changes include:

  • The installation of water-efficient plumbing
  • Roofing upgrades
  • The use of sustainable cleaning equipment and materials
  • Energy-Star certified new equipment, where applicable

Below is a guide to key sustainability achievements made throughout the PCC system through July, 2014. They include the installation of solar arrays, partnerships with neighboring communities and opportunities for business development.

Guide to PCC solar and sustainability achievements

Sustainability Highlights

PCC Downtown Center

  • 40 percent water use reduction over a typical building.
  • 25 percent energy savings over a typical building, due to high-efficiency equipment and a hydronic heating system.
  • 80 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfill by being recycled or reused.
  • 30 percent of the building material content is recycled.
  • Approximately 10 percent of the building materials came from local sources (within 500 miles).
  • 50 percent of wood products in the building are harvested from sustainably managed forests.
  • Up to 90 percent reduction in air infiltration at existing windows due to exterior sealing.
  • Readily accessible by public transportation.

The Willow Creek Center

  • 56 percent reduction in potable water consumption due to landscaping and irrigation systems.
  • 75 percent water savings due to water-efficient fixtures.
  • 94 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfill by being recycled or reused.
  • 28 percent of building materials contain recycled content.
  • 12 percent of building materials came from local sources (within 500 miles).
  • Forest Stewardship Council certified wood used.
  • 37 percent in energy cost savings due to such energy savers as roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels.
  • Readily accessible by public transportation.
  • Bicycle parking and changing facility onsite.

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