Lyon Bron opens green hangar

 - May 26, 2010, 6:02 AM

Lyon Bron Airport in France held a grand opening for a new 32,000-sq-ft hangar on April 2. The $4.7 million facility includes 2,800 sq ft of office space. Green features of the hangar include 15,000 sq ft of solar cells on the roof, capable of producing 90 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. Another part of the roof is covered with vegetation that will retain rainwater. Honeysuckle has been planted on the office side of the building to protect against excessive heat from the sun during the summer, and in the winter the plant’s leaves will fall off, allowing the sun to warm the building. Fiberoptic solar tubes channel outside light into the restrooms, which are also equipped with electric lights, presumably to provide illumination when the sun files IFR.