Keesler’s first energy, environmental-friendly home certified

8/28/2008 - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFPN) -- Keesler Air Force Base officials received their first certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design home Aug. 28 here.

This new green two-unit home at 244 and 246 Fairchild Dr., Biloxi, Miss., the first of more than 700 to be built at Keesler AFB, incorporates smart design, technology, construction and maintenance features that both reduce the impact on the environment and make it a healthier place for the base members.

“Our housing project not only shows that we want the best quality of living for our Airmen, but also shows we lead the way in energy efficiency,” said Col. Jeffrey Jackson, the 81st Mission Support Group commander. “The project is a prime example of how construction should be carried out so it is the best for our Air Force and the environment.” For a green home to become LEED certified, it must be inspected by an independent third party, who rates its performance in such categories as the home’s indoor air quality, its energy efficiency, the use of water-conserving plumbing, the durability of its building materials and he sustainability of the building site. Credit for LEED certification also considers whether there are open spaces to encourage walking and other outdoor activities that lead to better overall health for its residents.

“LEED encourages sustainable green building and development. LEED buildings cost less to operate and maintain, are energy and water efficient, and will reduce dependence on foreign oil,” said David Horner of the 81st Civil Engineer Squadron project management office. The new Keesler AFB green homes being built will be Energy Star compliant, which means they will follow Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, which according to the Energy Star Web site, will make them 20 to 30 percent more energy efficient than standard homes. The development of green homes at Keesler AFB is the largest LEED certified project in the nation, and makes Keesler AFB the first Air Force installation to have LEED certified homes, base officials said.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment and the projection of future LEED certifications that will be provided in the Air Force,” Mr. Horner said.        article by Air Force Link