Dominion Energy West Virginia Warehouse First in State to Achieve Environmental Milestone

Dominion Energy West Virginia (DEWV) and The Thrasher Group jointly announced that the DEWV warehouse facility in Summersville has attained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification at the Silver level under the v4 rating system. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. LEED measures energy savings, water efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, improved indoor air quality and stewardship of resources.

The Summersville DEWV building is 6,250 square-feet and was designed by The Thrasher Group of Bridgeport, W.Va., and constructed by D.L. Contracting based in Clay County, W.Va. The building was completed in 2017 and recently obtained the environmental certification with The Thrasher Group serving as the LEED consultant.

Dominion Energy is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and has embraced the LEED initiative to construct sustainable buildings that focus on environmental benefits, energy efficiencies as well as occupant comfort and productivity.   “Dominion Energy West Virginia is thrilled to have attained LEED Silver certification from USGBC,” said Mark Barnes, director of gas operations for DEWV. “This elite designation affirms our commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment for our employees while being environmentally responsible and sustainable.”

  • Reflective roof to reduce heat absorption
  • Exterior lighting is cut off at the site boundary to reduce light pollution and protect W.Va.’s beautiful night skies
  • Designed for a 43 percent reduction in water use by installing efficient water closets, urinals, and faucets
  • Purchased green power Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100 percent of annual building electricity usage over a two year contract
  • The project generated less than 2.5 pounds of construction waste per square-foot
  • Low emitting adhesives, sealants, paints, furniture
  • Green cleaning program
  • Daylighting for 96 percent of all commonly occupied areas to reduce lighting loads

“Thrasher is proud to have assisted Dominion Energy to achieve their vision of an environmentally-friendly facility,” said Craig Baker, architecture division manager, The Thrasher Group. “As a firm committed to improving communities where we live and work, we are excited to offer LEED consulting. We fundamentally believe we can help clients find savings and efficiencies through smart design.”

Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO for  USGBC, said,  “The work of innovative building projects such as Dominion Energy WV’s Summersville location is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way structures are built, designed and operated.”  Ramanujam added, “Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices. Because of Dominion Energy WV, we are increasing the number of green buildings and getting closer to USGBC’s goal to outpace conventional buildings, while being environmentally and socially responsible and improving the quality of life for generations to come.”

Dominion Energy
Nearly 6 million customers in 19 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable, and safe energy and is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy with over $78 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution, and import/export services. As one of the nation’s leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 50 percent by 2030. Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy plans to contribute more than $30 million in 2018 to community causes throughout its footprint and beyond. Please visit, Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

The Thrasher Group
The Thrasher Group is a multi-disciplinary firm offering architecture, civil engineering, survey, environmental, and planning services in addition to construction inspection and materials testing services to public and private clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic United States. Thrasher is committed to improving communities by driving infrastructure development. Visit for more information.