Shangri-La Industries recently unveiled its inaugural project: The world’s first aviation hangar to achieve Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System.
Hangar 25 is located at the Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank, California
“Hangar 25 represents the future of the commercial building industry as it demonstrates the financial viability of environmentally friendly construction,” said Andy Meyers, president, Shangri-La Construction. “We prove that businesses can go green without sacrificing their balance sheets or high design standards.”
Avjet Corp., a global aviation company, is operating partner of Hangar 25.
“Given the volatility of fuel prices, the aviation industry must develop and implement practical solutions,” said Marc Foulkrod, CEO. “Hangar 25 tackles the major cost and carbon challenges related to the aviation industry’s ground operations, from reducing jet fuel to diminishing operational electricity usage. This improves efficiency and addresses the environmental demands of our customers.”
Hangar 25’s sustainable design features include: Solar array that produces 110% of the building’s operational electricity needs; electric tow vehicles powered by the solar array instead of diesel; diamond-polished concrete floor does not use toxic sealants that require regular reapplication and maintenance; a water-based hi-fog fire suppression system that eliminates toxic and ozone depleting chemicals that require storage infrastructure, regular replacement, and, if deployed, damage aircraft and require haz-mat cleanup; large fans and evaporative coolers employed to eliminate the need for refrigerant-based cooling that increases thermal comfort by 10-20°; plumbing that reduces water use by 60% through low flush, low flow and waterless fixtures; and sustainable landscaping, including the use of drought-tolerant native plants and a no-mow, no-water lawn.