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Friday, January 31, 2014

Arlington Hills Community Center’s green building technologies

When the new Arlington Hills Community Center opens at the corner of Payne and Maryland Avenues on the Eastside in the spring of 2014, the building will feature many cutting-edge green building technologies, ranging from an ecofriendly geothermal heating and cooling system to LED lighting.  These small system changes are designed to work together to make the new Arlington Hills Community Center a leader in green building technologies.

Buried deep in the ground surrounding the building are the 80 wells required for the building’s heating and cooling system.  The Arlington Hills Community Center features a geothermal heating and cooling system which utilizes a series of wells and a heat pump to access the nearly constant temperatures of the earth to provide both the heating and cooling for the building.  Geothermal heating and cooling systems are rated as one of the most energy-efficient systems on the market today achieving an efficiency rating of nearly five times that of a natural gas-based system. 

In addition to a highly efficient geothermal heating and cooling system, the Arlington Hills Community Center will also feature LED lighting technology.  LED lighting technology replaces standard fluorescent or incandescent light fixtures with a Light Emitting Diode (LED) to provide the lighting needs of the facility.  When compared to regular incandescent bulbs,  LED lights last up to 75 percent longer and can last up to three times as long as a standard compact fluorescent bulb.  Another benefit of LED lighting is that the bulbs contain no mercury, lead or glass.

These are only two examples of a multitude of green technologies being implemented in the new Arlington Hills Community Center.  These technologies will help to ensure that the Arlington Hills Community Center has a small environmental impact, while have a large positive impact on the community.  For construction updates on the project please click here.


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