Avjet Celebrating Opening of Greenest Ever Hangar

 - December 3, 2008, 9:56 AM

The first private aircraft hangar certified to the platinum level by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system will be unveiled next Tuesday at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif. The hangar belongs to Avjet, a charter/management firm that also specializes in sales and acquisitions. The 51,138-sq-ft hangar features a solar array that can produce up to 150 percent of the facility’s electricity needs, with excess power piped into the local electrical utility. The solar array also provides power to run ground power systems as well as to charge electric tow and ground vehicles. A diamond-polished concrete floor adds natural light to the hangar and eliminates the need for toxic sealants. Fire-suppression is provided by a high-fog water-based system that doesn’t require hazardous materials cleanup and minimizes damage to aircraft. Other features include low-water-use plumbing, fans and design elements that minimize or eliminate the need for heating and air-conditioning and sustainable landscaping that needs no watering or maintenance.