(BOP) - The new medium-security Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) at Hazelton, West Virginia, achieved gold level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC certified buildings are more efficient, healthy, and environmentally-friendly. They also cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40 percent.
In keeping with the BOPís pursuit of green initiatives, the institution was designed to minimize environmental impact and conserve resources. For example, water-efficient plumbing fixtures were installed throughout the institution and an innovative laundry water recycling system, estimated to reduce laundry water usage by 50 percent, was installed.
Typically, an irrigation system is needed for maintaining the landscaping. By using plants native to the area, and other drought-resistant varieties, the need for irrigation was eliminated. The facility also features a highly efficient HVAC system and energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting. Natural light is strategically used to reduce the need for electrical lighting.
FCI Hazelton continues to minimize their environmental impact and conserve resources by purchasing sustainable materials including recycled or bio-based products; Energy Star-rated computers and appliances; alternative fuels; and low-toxicity cleaning chemicals.
The institution is designed to house over 1100 inmates and is scheduled to receive the first inmates on March 1, 2014.