CITY PLANNERS SEE SAVINGS IN GREEN; Jacksonville, JEA and UNF Hope to Be Leaders with More Environmentally Friendly Building

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CITY PLANNERS SEE SAVINGS IN GREEN; Jacksonville, JEA and UNF Hope to Be Leaders with More Environmentally Friendly Building


Jacksonville is going green.

Mayor John Peyton has told his staff that he wants the city's buildings to be more environmentally friendly, hoping the city also will save on long-term operating, energy and water costs.

He wants to start with the future City Hall Annex in the old Haverty's building - the so-called 407 Building - owned by the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund.

There are plans to spread the greening effort to other buildings, including the new county courthouse slated for construction later this year.

JEA is also making environmentally friendly changes in four of its buildings. But the public sector leader of the greening movement is the University of North Florida, with its recently completed Social Sciences Building. It plans to follow suit on several future construction projects.

The city, JEA and UNF are each seeking to follow guidelines set by the U.S. Green Building Council. Some local private companies are doing the same. A building can become Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, certified by earning a certain number of points for using products that are good for the environment, operating costs and for people who work in the buildings.

The certification is voluntary and doesn't earn any tax or other incentives - other than good publicity.

Mary Kelli Palka

407 BUILDING

OWNER: Jacksonville Police & Fire Pension

(Old Haverty's building)

PROJECT: The building at the corner of Laura and Duval streets is going to be renovated into a future city annex.

Some of the environmental aspects: City officials want to use double-pane windows with thermal breaks and tinted windows and hook up to JEA's downtown chilled water plant instead of needing its own chilled water system.

COST: Project consultants estimate that going green could add about $300,000 to the estimated $10 million project. The city is still reviewing how much could be saved in operating costs in future years.

Related projects: Officials are considering the possibility of using similar green practices for the newly built Main Library and the future county courthouse.

Sources: Public Works Director Joey Duncan and John Keane, executive director of the pension fund.

UNF SOCIAL SCIENCES BUILDING

OWNER: University of North Florida

PROJECt: The building off St. Johns Bluff Road was completed last year and houses faculty offices and classrooms. …

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