A&D GC Inc. and Tectonics set the bar high for this project at Luke AFB near Phoenix, Arizona– LEED Platinum at a base without any other LEED projects.
Balancing energy efficiency in an extreme desert climate with the fixed project budget was a challenge, but the team came together to make it happen. Brummitt helped the design team to understand that lighting savings could help reduce HVAC loads, that envelope thermal improvements reduced renewable energy requirements, and that glazing specifications were highly interactive with natural daylighting opportunities. The design process became a case study in integrated design with our team investigating every conceivable energy-consuming feature down to the restroom exhaust fans.
The Luke NOSC project is operating today with almost 40% energy cost reduction below the strict ASHRAE baseline. We continue to work with A&D and Luke AFB to ensure that these designed savings are realized year after year by implementing a comprehensive Measurement and Verification (M&V) plan that we developed during design.
Numbers on a LEED template are nice. Actual building performance is what really matters. Our involvement from the beginning of design through construction and into occupancy ensures that this project–which is the first LEED Platinum project at Luke AFB and the third LEED Platinum project in the entire Department of the Navy–will perform as designed.