County group OKs energy efficiency benchmark
|By Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
In June, the
Formed in 1992, UCIP consists of county members who provide group self-insurance coverage.
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, refers to the
In a statement posted on the
According to LEED, buildings account for about 73 percent of U.S. electricity consumption and produce a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions that have been linked to climate change. But LEED efficiencies can trim energy and water bills by up to 40 percent, UAC's website said.
"That doesn't include natural gas and water savings," Wangsgard said.
Wangsgard applauded UCIP's support for LEED certification.
"There are many in the community that misunderstand LEED, and many contractors and sub-contractors that are still not up to speed," Wangsgard said. "The mantra was that they could build a building just as good but not have to certify -- but that's not the case."
However, due to ideological differences with County Commissioners
In May, Gibson approached the Library's
"This building is still going to be energy efficient whether we slap the (LEED) stamp on it or not . . . I don't think we need that certification to hold the contractor accountable," Gibson had told the board.
Library board members agreed to almost
Gibson is vice president of UAC's
"We are committed to providing long-term value to our taxpayers on every project," Gibson said, "and we are confident in the construction team providing day-to-day oversight ensuring that our libraries will operate with the highest of efficiencies."
With several LEED-accredited professionals overseeing construction of the new
"The difference comes in that without the
However, she expressed confidence that the end product will measure up to LEED's gold standard.
"We did our homework in advance, and had a great opportunity with the
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