The Towson Fire Station on Courtland Avenue is looking a lot greener these days.
Baltimore County officials dedicated the 19,700 square foot building Monday. The $7.6 million cost was covered by the sale of the county property at York Road and Bosley Avenue, which formerly housed the station.
The building received is LEED certified for meeting environmental standards in construction and functionality.
The county said that includes low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce potable water consumption by up to 56 percent, mechanical systems estimated to reduce energy costs by 21 percent and vegetation trays on the roof to reduce the cooling load and heat island effect.
Around 24 percent of the materials used were extracted or manufactured from within a 500-mile radius, and all the wood products in the building are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.