Military begins to focus on energy efficient buildings

September 12, 2011

The U.S. military has begun to focus on and prefer environmentally sensitive properties to house its equipment, as the government entity is increasing its use of energy efficient buildings, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Energy efficient building technology has been utilized by the military for several years in an effort to reduce costs and to take part in a green initiative that has been adopted by many federal organizations, including the newly constructed Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia, reported the news source.

“The great thing is that we’re really looking to do this, we’re really moving in this direction,” Julie Kephart-Jones, sustainable-infrastructure program manager for Norfolk Naval Station, told the Pilot. “Because this is where we have to go, where the whole world is going, toward a sustainable future.”

Most of the directives for adopting these efficient buildings were put in place by former President George W. Bush and have been expanded upon by the current administration, according to the news source.

The sustainable and energy efficient building at Norfolk, Virginia, will serve as a housing facility for many ships and personnel, along with serving as a training ground for Navy SEALs, reported Military.com