BHM Terminal Awarded LEED Gold for New Construction

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2017

Toni Herrera-Bast
Birmingham Airport Authority

BHM Terminal Awarded LEED® Gold for New Construction
Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Gold for New Construction as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). LEED® is the preeminent program for design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
The Birmingham Airport Authority achieved its LEED® certification for energy use, lighting innovation, water conservation, and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED® certified buildings save money for families, businesses, and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
“This LEED® certification is yet another positive component of the $201 million Terminal Modernization Project. Congratulations to everyone associated with the project,” said Alfonso Denson, Birmingham Airport Authority President, and CEO.
LEED® certification of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport was based on a number of green design, construction and operational features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
• Energy modeling was performed throughout the design process to evaluate energy consumption and to maintain the model, as designed.
• Maximizing the utilization of natural daylight to improve passenger experience and to minimize the need for artificial lighting.
• High-efficiency light fixtures to minimize energy consumption when artificial lighting is used.
• Regional Materials: 44.47% of the total building materials have been extracted, harvested or recovered as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
• Rainwater harvesting to reduce water consumption by building occupants and reducing discharge into the storm water drainage system.
• High-efficiency thermal building envelope and solar water heating at public restroom clusters to reduce energy consumption.
• Recycled content: 22.66% of the total building materials content, by value, has been manufactured using recycled materials.
• Waste management practices were used by the construction manager throughout the project to practice construction activity pollution prevention.

“Market transformation happens one building at a time. BHM Terminal Modernization project understands the value of LEED and has exemplified extraordinary leadership in reshaping their sector,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president, and CEO, USGBC. “The success of LEED is due to the partnership and support of those committed to advancing green building and sustainability. Each new LEED certification is one step closer to revolutionizing the environment in which live, work and play.”
A LEED® achievement plaque will be placed in the airport terminal in the upcoming months. Please visit the Project Profile at for additional details about sustainable features contributing to the certification and to download the LEED Scorecard.
Members of the public are welcome to join a LEED Plaque dedication event at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on Thursday, May 25, 2017, by registering at the event page.
U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs. A 2015 Economic Impact Study prepared by Booz Allen Hamilton for USGBC quantifies the economic value of green building and LEED construction. Key findings from the report include estimates of $16.34 Billion contributed by green construction to Alabama’s GDP in the years 2015-2018.
By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses, and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
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Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is the largest airport in the state of Alabama serving over 2.6 million passengers in 2015 with four major airlines and over 100 daily flights to 25 cities.