National Nuclear Security Administration

Nevada National Security Site meets the challenge for sustainable infrastructure

August 21, 2017

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This NNSS dormitory achieved high-performance sustainable building status.

NNSA recognized the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) August 17 for achieving high-performance sustainable building status at two of its existing dormitories.

The achievement supports the Department of Energy’s goal to have 15 percent of NNSA’s buildings meet sustainability certifications by 2025. Currently, seven percent of NNSA’s buildings meet the requirement.

“We commend NNSS and the Nevada Field Office for leading the way on this important initiative. Modern, functional buildings are great places to work and achieve lower operating costs with reduced environmental impacts,” said Jim McConnell, NNSA’s associate administrator for Safety, Infrastructure and Operations.

NNSS earned the high-performance sustainable building status in accordance with standards outlined in the 2016 Executive Order Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. The order outlines requirements that federal agencies must implement in order to increase efficiency and improve environmental performance.

Meeting the goals set by the order for existing buildings can be difficult. Unlike new construction, renovation requires more coordination and extra costs to meet modern codes. NNSS met the challenge with these buildings built in 1982 through targeted investment and operational adjustments that enhanced energy and water efficiency and mitigated waste production.

The accomplishment demonstrates NNSS’s commitment to meet federal sustainability goals in the design, construction, maintenance, operation, and management of its facilities as it evolves its site to meet the demands of today and prepare for tomorrow’s mission.