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 R&R LEED project

DNREC Richardson & Robbins Building LEED Project

The Division of Energy & Climate's Sustainable Planning Section is managing the LEED certification of the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover. The former cannery, which dates to 1881, now serves as the headquarters of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The Richardson & Robbins Building LEED project is part of a $7.6 million performance contract with Ameresco, an energy services company, to perform a number of energy-efficiency and energy-savings projects at both the R&R Building and the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington. The initiatives are projected to save an estimated 24 to 34 percent, or $528,000, on annual energy costs.

Both projects use 100 percent Delaware labor, and 90 percent of the equipment and materials were supplied by Delaware companies, including solar panels, solar docking stations, lighting and lighting controls.

The energy conservation measures including light controls and lighting system improvements, a new building automation system, plumbing efficiency measures, boiler plant and HVAC unit upgrades, and energy efficient transformers.

A team of DNREC employees led by the Sustainable Planning Section is working on several aspects of LEED certification under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Rating System, including:

  • Site improvement and documentation of habitat protection
  • Water-efficient landscaping
  • Improving the rate of alternative commuting by employees
  • Sustainable purchasing of paper products, computers and low-mercury lamps
  • Recycling and solid waste management
  • Green cleaning and integrated pest management

For more information, contact Bahareh van Boekhold, 302-735-3495.

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