Thanks to a voter-approved renovation of Julius Boehm Pool, the facility recently earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
The pool renovation will save about 60 percent in overall energy use — displacing 315 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. During the first three months of operation, the pool saved $19,764 in its utility bills.
Old fluorescent and high-intensity discharge light fixtures were removed and new efficient LED models.
Meanwhile, new low-flow water fixtures were installed throughout the pool, which are projected to reduce annual water usage by 40 percent.
During construction, the contractor reported a 98 percent recycle rate, diverting more than 31 tons of debris from the landfill. Zero- and low-VOC products were also used during construction.
In addition, the new lobby, family changing rooms and locker rooms now feature air supply systems that are separate from the pool area, which improves indoor air quality. New high-efficiency boilers are also projected to reduce natural gas consumption by over 40 percent.
Issaquah, which has 16 LEED-certified projects within its borders, is a national leader in reducing the impact of building construction and operations.
The City led the creation of Fire Station 72, which is one of the most energy-efficient fire stations in the U.S., as well as zHome, the first zero net-energy multifamily project in the country.
Close to 20 percent of the City’s housing stock is now certified Built Green (up from 16 percent in 2014), which is the highest in the region.