LaGuardia's New Terminal Receives LEED v4 Gold Award - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency  -  July 29, 2021

LaGuardia's New Terminal Receives LEED v4 Gold Award

LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B was awarded LEED v4 Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, a first for any airline terminal in the world under more stringent requirements.

The airport received the certification for the energy efficiency, water conservation, environmentally preferable materials and waste reduction in the design and construction of Terminal B, the Arrivals and Departures Hall, the Eastern Concourse, the Eastern Pedestrian Bridge and the Central Heating and Refrigeration Plant. These areas make up Phase I of the airport’s redevelopment project.

“We are proud to be marking another milestone at Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport with this LEED v4 Gold certification as we continue developing it into the world-class airport our customers deserve,” Kevin O’Toole, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a statement. “The Port Authority takes sustainability seriously, and this award sets an important precedent for other airports around the country to follow.”

The new requirements for v4 Gold certification include a baseline energy performance standard that is at least 12% more stringent and dictate that projects must reduce embodied carbon from material extraction and processing and publish Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) that disclose the environmental impacts of materials.

Following these standards, the terminal was designed with reduced window glazing area, aluminum membrane roofs that reflect solar heat and reduce summer cooling loads, lower lighting power density, daylight controls to adjust lighting levels and solar hot water heaters. These features are meant to help reduce the emissions associated with the facility.

The redevelopment also included the completion of a baggage handling system that saves 37% of its previous energy usage by going into ‘sleep mode’ when not in use.

The new terminal was opened to the public in June 2020. The second section of Terminal B’s western concourse and ten new gates will open in 2022.

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