SOURCE: Green Mountain Power

September 27, 2007 14:01 ET

Green Mountain Power to Renovate Office Building Using Highest Environmental Standards

COLCHESTER, VT--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - Green Mountain Power's new service center in Westminster will incorporate extensive environmental design techniques and materials intended to qualify it for LEED certification standards.

"Designing and constructing buildings so that they are highly energy efficient as well as being comfortable and healthy for employees makes good business sense, while it provides a much improved workspace for our employees," said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power's senior vice president and chief operating officer. "We believe that it is important to invest in environmentally strong practices that reinforce our commitment to the environment."

Green Mountain Power is renovating an older building in Westminster to replace its existing Bellows Falls service center. Construction on the building began September 25 and is expected to be finished in early 2008. Utility crews and equipment will move to the building, which will provide them with much needed space to operate more efficiently, including space to store required materials that were previously located away from the service center.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. In Vermont, only seven buildings are currently LEED certified.

Green Mountain Power will incorporate a variety of techniques to meet the standard, including diverting at least 50% of the demolition waste from landfill through reuse and recycling, using energy efficient lighting controlled by timers and occupancy sensors, daylight available in 75% of the building, automated low flow water fixtures, a new roof with improved insulation and high reflectance to reduce heat absorption, Energy Star windows and an efficient HVAC system that is controlled by occupants for their comfort. The air quality will be continually measured to ensure occupants always have fresh and healthy air. The materials used are environmentally friendly, from recycled tire flooring to Energy Star appliances. In addition, the Company will reduce the area requiring lawn mowing, naturalizing some areas and planting wildflower meadows in other areas, such as in front of the building. The landscaping will be native plants and will require no irrigation.

"We hope to achieve the LEED certification because the third party verification helps ensure that we follow exacting standards to bring to the community a building that reflects Vermont values," said Ms. Powell.

Green Mountain Power ( is an electric utility owned by Northern New England Energy Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gaz Métro, a leading Québec energy company with a long history of investment in Vermont. Green Mountain Power transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont's population. It serves approximately 92,000 customers.

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact
    Dorothy Schnure
    Green Mountain Power
    Manager of Corporate Communications