Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission tasked RS&H with designing an energy efficient, sustainable General Aviation terminal. The building, designed for LEED® Gold Certification, combines innovative technologies with clever combinations of more conventional conservation strategies to create a building that’s both earth-friendly and money-saving. The building uses 30 percent less energy than a typical building of equal size. It uses 70 percent less potable water. More than 95 percent of the construction waste was recycled, and the building itself contains 25 percent recycled material. The air quality is maintained by a variable flow refrigerant system that monitors and heats/cools each room only as needed. In most rooms, translucent sun shades will descend automatically if outside light is too bright. Additional innovation is found in the restrooms. Water for toilet flushing comes from stored rainwater. All hot water comes from solar heat. The faucets and flush valves are automatic and photovoltaic.