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Police Station In Cincinnati Becomes World's First With LEED Platinum Certification

By Brian Spaen

A police district in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been getting a lot of attention and awards since its unveiling a few years ago. Earlier this year, the US Green Building Council awarded it an LEED platinum certification. It now stands as the only police station in the world to get that qualification with a net-zero energy designation.

Police District 3 was completed back in the summer of 2015 in Cincinnati. The new building replaces the old headquarters that were created back in 1907. Its old structure forced its employees to work in cramped conditions, and the building itself was breaking down over time. Instead of doing a remodeling project, the city decided to opt for an environmentally-friendly new building.

When it comes to construction, over 80 percent of the building was used from construction waste in landfills. The building was created with solar power use in mind -- only a third of the panels needed for a traditional police station were required to fully power Police District 3. Those panels are able to generate 330 kilowatts of energy.