LEED Platinum Goes To Marines Barracks

Camp Pendleton’ s new Wounded Warrior Battalion-West’s Barracks will be home to more than 200 ill and injured Marines and sailors, and–as of April 21st–is the Marine Corps’ first LEED Platinum certified building.

This $24.6 million, 66,464 square-foot barracks  will serve as a rehabilitation facility and home for Marines who are part of the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, offering soldiers healthy indoor air quality and other green building benefits as they convolesce. The facility will also offer the Marine Corps significant savings–38% over the energy costs associated with a traditional facility of this size–totalling over $40,000 a year.

Camp Pendleton LEED ceremony

image via U.S. Marine Corps

Low-flow water features throughout the building will save more than 911,000 gallons a year; in fact, water efficiency overall in the building and its landscape irrigation system total over 66 percent, as calculated in the LEED rating system.

At the recent LEED certification presentation ceremony, Nate Kredich, vice president of residential market development for the U.S. Green Building Council said, in a statement, “Barracks such as this one is exactly what the brave men and women of this country deserve for all their hard work and sacrifice.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.