Hesperia, California, has recently become a hotbed of LEED building activity with the announcement that both the new Hesperia Police Department and neighboring Jerry Lewis High Desert San Bernardino County Government Center have received Gold level LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The 42,000-square-foot police department and 66,700-square-foot government center were both designed by LPA, a sustainable design firm with 15 LEED certified completed projects under its belt and another 34 in progress. The Hesperia buildings are the third and fourth to be completed at the Hesperia Civic Center.
Energy-efficient features of the buildings include lighting and occupancy controls in all occupied spaces, natural day-lighting through windows and overhead skylights, and louvered canopies designed to reduce solar heat gain on south facing windows.
Other sustainable features include drought-tolerant landscaping and efficient irrigation systems that reduce potable water consumption by 91% as well as recycled content and locally sourced building materials. More than 90% of construction waste from the police department was diverted from landfills, and recycled, as well as more than 86% from the government center.
Renewable energy generation on-site was funded, in part, by stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and are said to be designed to offset 70% of each facility’s energy consumption.