BWP is making campus improvements to enhance workplace safety and efficiency while showcasing architectural solar, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) recognition, and energy and water conservation.
View a short EcoCampus presentation about a series of sustainable green infrastructure projects at BWP - including photovoltaic parking lot canopies, a green street demonstrating innovative storm water treatment technologies, and an courtyard built around a salvaged electrical substation. http://vimeo.com/34909303
Read on for more information on three innovative environmental projects that do a great job of showcasing green technologies.
A green roof is a roof covered in part or whole with vegetation, typically drought tolerant plants. Green roofs are both esthetically pleasing and environmentally preferred. Heat from the sun coming into a building is significantly reduced by the rooftop vegetation, allowing for reductions in cooling requirements and costs. Whereas conventional roofs heat up to 190 degrees Fahrenheit, a green roof heats up to only 80 degrees. The Heat Island Group, after studying various cool roofs in Sacramento, concluded that they provided up to 40% cooling reductions compared with darker, conventional roofs. A 2006 report from LAGreen Roofs estimated that green roofs could provide a 50% cooling reduction.
In 2011, BWP installed three green roofs at the main BWP facility. The timing was perfect as our aging roof needed to be replaced. Energy cost savings from the installation of these roofs is estimated at over $14,000 annually.
Lake Street Green Street
In 2011, BWP transformed the east side of Lake Street between Olive Avenue and Magnolia Blvd. to a "green street." Our goals were to:
- Showcase innovative stormwater treatment technologies to the community
- Create an attractive streetscape that enhances the pedestrian experience
- Not lose any parking along the street
- Meet the mandated stormwater quality requirements
Five different technologies were used to capture stormwater run-off:
Lake Street Solar
BWP is using the upgrade of our 26-acre campus as an opportunity to utilize solar photovoltaic panels in a big way. Largely funded by a Department of Energy grant, we have built a 240 kilowatt solar system fronting Lake Street between Magnolia Blvd. and Olive Avenue. This project demonstrates that solar photovoltaic can be designed in an architecturally pleasing manner.