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By Samuel R. Avro on Dec 1, 2008 with no responses

Long Island Village Center Goes Green, Cuts Energy in Half

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A view of the front of the $9.6 million Amityville Village Hall during construction.

The new $9.6 million Village Hall on Long Island in the village of Amityville, NY has gone green. From geothermal heat pumps utilizing running water below the Earth’s surface, to waterless urinals and two-flush toilets, the building now meets the standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

“The cost was a bit higher, but in the long term, we’ll benefit,” Mayor Peter Imbert said. He also said that with the new design the building is now set to use from 40 to 50 percent less energy than a conventional building.

Not only is the inside green, but even the roof is made of recycled rubber.

“Most buildings today are like SUVs,” said Victor Canseco, president of Sandpebble Builders Inc., whose company managed the project. “The average building in the United States uses 65 kilowatt hours of energy per square foot per year. The LEED buildings are using 30 kilowatts per hour.”

Unlike a conventional building, heat and cool air flow up from the floor rather than being pushed down from the ceiling. “If you were to sneeze, the germs are carried up and out,” said Canseco.

A floor vent was placed near each person’s desk in order to allow them to adjust how much heat or cool air should enter. Sensors installed throughout the building monitor carbon dioxide levels and trigger the ventilating system when too much gas is detected in the air.

Employees are scheduled to being moving in on Wednesday and Thursday with a grand opening set for January.