New Cherry Point Building Nabs Top Energy Rating

A new building at Cherry Point for engineers and software designers gets a top energy efficiency rating.

Officials with Haskell Construction said Thursday the U.S. Green Building Council has given the Fleet Readiness Center East's new engineering support building its gold certification.

The building uses solar panels to produce 25 percent of its energy needs and has special windows and light panels that reflect light in order to cut electricity use.

The building consolidates about 200 engineers and workers who support a wide variety of Marine Corps aircraft such as the V-22 tilt rotor, the AV-8 Harrier jet and C-130 transports and opened in December.

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  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Jun 9, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    Well, solar panels and upgraded windows are not cheap. They take years and years to pay for themselves through the cost of energy savings. Unfortunately, WITN copy/pasted the AP report, so we don't have the facts. Investigative journalism would show what the actual numbers were. One can only speculate that it will take quite a while to break even on this project. The necessity of it in a recession is questionable as well.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Jun 9, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    This is great and all, but how long will it take before Cherry Point can recoup the cost of the hugely expensive windows, panels and other features? If it takes 30 years, and the base closes or changes in any way, then this was a bust at the expense of the taxpayer.
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      by Fact Bringer on Jun 9, 2011 at 09:44 AM in reply to Citizen
      Hugely expensive windows and panels, you say? How much did they cost?

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