Henrico County Mental Health and Developmental Services East Center

3908 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia 23223
30,700 square feet   |   Completed 2019

The Mental Health and Developmental Services (MHDS) East Center houses group therapy spaces; individual counseling spaces; a medical clinic; and office space for counselors, therapists, and psychologists. The facility supports the county’s Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT).

Actual Energy Use Intensity (EUI)*
measured in kBtu/sf/yr
Total EUI = 45.6
EUI offset by solar = 31.0
Net EUI = 14.6
CBECS 2012 benchmark EUI = 87 kBtu/sf/yr (social services and medical office)

*Full-year projection based on 2020 year-to-date energy performance




The solar PV array created a net surplus of energy in April and May, exporting energy back to the electric grid.

2020 Year-to-Date Energy Performance

Sustainable Features

Location + Transportation and Sustainable Sites

Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
The construction team implemented an erosion and sedimentation control plan for all construction activities associated with the project.

Sensitive Land Protection
The project was located on a previously developed site, thus protecting valuable greenfield land.

Surrounding Density and Diverse Uses
Many basic services are within walking distance.

Open Space
Preserved over 30% of site area as either pedestrian oriented open space or natural forested habitat.

Light Pollution Reduction
Exterior lighting does not shine into the night sky or light beyond the site boundaries.

Water Efficiency

Outdoor Water Use Reduction
Selecting native and drought-tolerant hardy species eliminated the need for permanent irrigation. This is a regional priority credit at this project’s location.

Indoor Water Use Reduction
Overall potable water use was reduced by 31.22% compared to a baseline building.

Water Metering
Domestic hot water and domestic cold water are both submetered to assist Henrico County in further managing water conservation efforts.

Energy and Atmosphere

Fundamental + Enhanced Commissioning
A commissioning agent was engaged in the project to ensure that building energy systems were installed, balanced, and operated to optimize energy efficiency.

Minimum + Optimize Energy Performance
Improved thermal envelope, energy efficient lighting, and energy efficient HVAC with energy recovery all contribute to improved energy performance compared to a baseline building.

Demand Response
This building participates in a demand response program, which helps increase grid reliability and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Renewable Energy Production
This building was designed to hold a 272 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic system made up of 680 individual 400 watt panels. This is a regional priority credit at this project’s location, and this quantity of solar PV generation qualifies for exemplary performance.

Materials and Resources

Storage and Collection of Recyclables
The project design enables the convenient recycling of common office waste materials, such as paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and metal. There is also a designated recycling area for batteries and mercury containing lamps.

Building Product Disclosure and Optimization
In an effort to promote the use of materials with available life-cycle information, products from manufacturers who publish Environmental Product Declarations, sources of raw materials, and Health Product Declarations were used.

Construction and Demolition Waste Management
The construction team diverted over 75% of construction and demolition debris.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
Attention paid to ensuring ventilation requirements are met in all space types within the building.

Indoor Air Quality
A construction indoor air quality management plan, no smoking policies, entryway walk-off systems, interior cross-contamination exhaust systems, and advanced air filtration all contribute to improved indoor air quality.

Indoor Air Quality Assessment
After construction was complete, baseline testing was completed to confirm indoor air quality appropriate for occupancy.


Occupant Satisfaction Survey
An occupancy satisfaction survey was issued to all employees to collect feedback about key criteria such as acoustics, cleanliness, indoor air quality, lighting, and thermal comfort.

Low Mercury Lamps
The permanently installed fixtures in this building use no mercury based lamps.

Educational Outreach
Along with a comprehensive signage program in the building, a case study has been developed for this project and is available in the lobby and via the internet. The solar PV output is available to the general public via a dashboard, as well.