The Green Build
Beyond the Build
What Makes the Green Build Green?
The Airport Authority is committed to being a good steward of the environment and
reducing the airport’s carbon footprint. In fact, SDIA was one of the first airports
in the nation to adopt a sustainability policy, and just this year the Airport Authority
received its fifth – and third consecutive – “Recycler of the Year” award from the
City of San Diego. The Green Build is the latest demonstration of the Airport Authority’s
dedication to the environment.
From the beginning, the Authority set out to design and build the terminal expansion
with an eye toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, focusing on ways to decrease
energy consumption, among other opportunities.
The Green Build will incorporate sustainable design principles with the goal of
meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.
So what does LEED certification mean? LEED is a nationally accepted certification
that promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance
in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development,
water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Some of the key opportunities for incorporating sustainable design principles and
LEED guidelines into The Green Build, include:
- Decreased water usage
- Reduced energy consumption
- Use of alternative energy sources