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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Builds Green and Certifies Silver
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport took various sustainability measures during the modernization of Terminal 3 resulting in the terminal receiving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.
The LEED program provides a globally recognized third-party green building certification to buildings that provide a sustainable approach to their design and construction. During the Terminal 3 Modernization Program, the airport created a LEED silver building featuring new, energy-efficient equipment.
In effort to contribute to clean air, the airport offers the PHX Sky Train® as a means of transportation, which connects Terminal 3 and the Valley Metro transportation network. Offering a ride on the PHX Sky Train® reduces air pollution and other environmental impacts linked to automobile use.
Green Design Materials
Various measures were put in place to design and build a sustainable interior for the Terminal 3 concourses. Eighty-three percent of building materials used post-security and in the North Concourse building of Terminal 3 were reused and 35 percent of installed materials contained recycled content. Utilizing such materials significantly reduced negative environmental impacts associated with virgin material extraction and the manufacturing of new products. Additionally, 19 percent of materials were regionally sourced with 500 miles of the project helping to support the local economy. Eighty percent of all wood-based projects were sourced from sustainably managed forests. Due to these efforts, the airport was able to prevent 268,230 tons of construction waste from entering the landfill.
Reducing Energy and Saving Water
During the design stage of the Terminal 3 Modernization Program, strategies were implemented to reduce energy and water usage. Low-flow fixtures were installed in the terminal resulting in a 42 percent reduction in indoor water usage. LED lighting was also installed and continues to be installed in the terminal to improve energy efficiency while eliminating potential toxic disposal from mercury containing lamps. These energy-saving methods reduced consumption by 7.4 million kilowatt hours. By installing LED lighting, passengers and airport employees can enjoy improved ventilation and an indoor environment that was designed to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
Phoenix Sky Harbor has received various accolades related to the airport’s sustainability efforts. In addition to receiving the LEED Silver Certification, the airport maintained a Level 2 certification with the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program from the Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) between 2014 and 2019. In 2020, it achieved Level 3 certification for its efforts in reducing its carbon footprint. As future airport projects go into effect, implementing design elements that are cohesive with sustainability will continue to remain a priority.