The new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility at Los Angeles International Airport has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Airport officials noted that the station is the first aircraft rescue and firefighting facility at an international airport to achieve LEED Gold status, which recognizes the project’s efforts at maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing negative environmental impacts.

“The LEED Gold certification reflects our commitment to contribute to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s vision of making Los Angeles the cleanest big city in America, and is in keeping with a sustainable ‘green’ building policy adopted by our Board of Airport Commissioners that commits us to incorporate LEED standards in all our future construction projects,” Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said.

The LAX fire station is the second building at the airport to incorporate sustainability standards and receive LEED certification. The first building to incorporate LEED standards was the $737-million renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal – the first-ever for a renovation project at a U.S. airport – which received LEED Silver certification, airport officials said.

The fire station incorporated low-flow plumbing fixtures that will result in annual water savings of 39 percent, or 35,800 gallons of potable water per year, and more than 99 percent, or 3,300 tons, of on-site generated construction-related waste was either recycled or salvaged, airport officials noted.

Some other “green” construction measures incorporated into the project included efficient lighting fixtures and controls; low-emitting paints, adhesives, and sealants in the building interior; and more than 12,000 gallons of recycled water used for dust control during construction, instead of potable water.