Making a Sustainable County, One Building at a Time

Updated: Dec 2, 2021

All photos shown are from our 2019 project at the Dunn Building.

Berkeley County, West Virginia

Making a Sustainable County, One Building at a Time

Berkeley County, West Virginia is a unique location for business, leisure, and quality living. Major population centers and business markets within a five-hundred-mile radius of Berkeley County include Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Richmond, Virginia, and New York, New York. All these major markets are readily accessible from the County via Interstate 81, which bisects Berkeley County. Their geographic location places the County in a unique marketing environment, yet their quality of life is enhanced by a "small town" character and sense of community.

Berkeley County’s leaders know that Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) evaluation is important to reducing the energy usage of a building because:

  • Buildings consume about 40% of the energy produced in the United States.

  • On average, 1/3 of a building’s energy use is from HVAC.

  • Approximately 15% of the world’s carbon emissions (CO2e) come from the heating and cooling of buildings.

Berkeley County has made several large investments in the HVAC infrastructure at several of the Government Center campus buildings. The leaders of Berkeley County have employed strategies of evaluating life-cycle costs, which have allowed the County and its constituency to reduce energy, improve sustainability and reduce risk.