- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

RICHMND, Va. (AP) - A renovated student services center at Tidewater Community College is the first public-use building in Virginia completed using new state standards promoting energy efficiency and conservation in government facilities.

The state Department of General Services announced the achievement in a news release Thursday.

The department developed the Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards as an alternative to other international green building certification programs. The standards touch on site development, land use, indoor environmental quality, water conservation and energy efficiency.

Renovations to Tidewater Community College’s Bayside Building in Virginia Beach involved converting the former campus library into a 43,000-square-foot building housing student services, computer and math labs, and more.

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