Columbus Fire Station Goes Green
COLUMBUS, Ohio --
The fire trucks are still red, but one fire state in Columbus is now green.
Fire House 10 in Franklinton received a plaque from the U.S. Green Building Council for blending historic architecture and energy efficiency.
The building incorporates triple pane windows, energy efficient HVAC, lights and refrigerator.
They also have low-flow lavatory and kitchen faucets.
The building cost 3 percent to 8 percent more than a traditional fire house, but the city said they should recoup that in the first three years of operation.
"We want to be responsible with city taxpayers' dollars. We have been teetering on using energy efficient technology for years. This just put us on board with what's going on," said Steve Lewie, Columbus facilities project manager.
The fire house is one of seven green buildings for the City of Columbus. More are expected through the city's newly created Green Columbus Fund.
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