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"Green-friendly" best management practices (BMPs) for interstate rest areas.
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    This report presents the findings of a research project to study and develop a list of “green friendly” Best

    Management Practices (BMPs) for Illinois interstate rest areas. The objectives of this project are to (1) develop

    energy and cost baseline data for the 53 rest area buildings in Illinois by gathering utility use statements and

    other pertinent data for a one-year period for each building and utilize the data to compute the carbon footprint

    of each building; (2) perform on-site assessment of existing conditions in three selected rest areas; (3) conduct

    a comprehensive literature review on green design and sustainable construction, available energy saving

    alternatives, LEED certification requirements, and decision-making and optimization techniques that can be

    used for optimizing upgrade decision of rest area buildings; (4) investigate potential energy saving alternatives

    for the selected rest areas and study their cost savings and environmental impact; (5) conduct Life Cycle Cost

    Analysis (LCCA) for the suggested green friendly measures and generate a report detailing their overall costs

    and payback periods; (6) investigate the requirements and possibilities for the rest areas to achieve LEED

    certification under the LEED rating system for existing buildings; (7) develop a Decision Support Tool (DST) to

    identify optimal upgrade decisions for rest area buildings; and (8) develop recommendations for upgrading the

    three selected rest areas. To achieve these objectives, the research team carried out six major tasks: (1)

    developed energy cost baseline data and carbon footprint for each Illinois rest area; (2) performed onsite

    assessment for three selected rest areas; (3) conducted comprehensive literature review; (4) identified potential

    green-friendly best management practices; (5) developed a Decision Support Tool (DST) for optimizing LEED

    upgrade decisions of rest area buildings; and (6) developed recommendations for upgrading the three selected

    rest areas.

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