Havre Border Patrol Station, a LEED Certified Project

This 35,000 square foot facility was built upon Clausen and Sons being the successful solicitor of this presidentially mandated design/build project.  This was a $12 million project on a new 15-acre site, requiring LEED certification and 90,000 cubic yards of dirt to be moved before construction could begin.

LEED Certified

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Northern Border Development Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification 

Sept. 19, 2011 (Havre, MT) – Northern Border Development announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Certified established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for its Havre Border Patrol Station.  LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.


The Havre Border Patrol Station achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The Havre Border Patrol Station project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

LEED certification of the Havre Border Patrol Station was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

  • Preferred parking spaces have been provided on site for low-emitting, fuel efficient vehicles and car/van pool automobiles
  • Open space was maximized, as there is 451,440 square feet of dedicated open space, compared to 34,600 square feet of the building footprint
  • 100% of the roofing materials used on the project meet the solar reflectance index requirements
  • Installed irrigation systems reduce potable water consumption by 53.9% from a calculated baseline
  • Utilization of geothermal ground source heating/cooling system, renewable energy usage resulting in half the demand of conventional systems
  • Refrigerants and HVAC equipment were used that minimize or eliminate the emission of compounds that contribute to ozone depletion and global warming
  • Carbon dioxide concentrations are monitored within all densely occupied spaces and direct airflow measurement devices were provided for each mechanical ventilation system serving non-densely occupied spaces and the monitoring equipment has been configured to generate an alarm when conditions vary by 10% or more from the set point
  • Thermal comfort criteria has been established and a comfort survey will be distributed to building occupants
  • A green housekeeping program has been developed and implemented

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