New York continues its green building mission

The $33 million State Police Troop G headquarters being built in Latham is the latest example of New York’s efforts to go green.

The new headquarters off Troy-Schenectady Road—just west of Exit 6 of the I-87 Northway—will have high-performance windows, low-flow water fixtures, a demand-control ventilation system and other energy-saving features.

The state is seeking certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, commonly known as LEED. The designation is a widely recognized industry standard for eco-friendly buildings.

At a time when the state is contending with a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit and layoffs are looming, these green elements added to the upfront cost of the construction. Nevertheless, officials don’t think the state’s fiscal problems will affect long-term eco-friendly building plans.

State officials say the investments in green technologies will save money in the long run.

In the case of the Troop G building, green elements will only add to a fraction of the overall costs, according to the state.

Read the full story in the Albany Business Review.

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