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Even airplane hangars are going green. Hangar 25 of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California is the world's first aviation hangar to get LEED Platinum certification. The project built by Shangri-La Construction has a solar array that produces 110% of the building's operational electricity needs and powers the electric tow and other vehicles that would normally be powered by diesel. The diamond-polished concrete floor reflects light, and does not use toxic sealants that require regular reapplication and maintenance. It has a water-based hi-fog fire suppression system that eliminates toxic and ozone depleting chemicals and fans and evaporative coolers help eliminate need for the usual air conditioning. Water is also saved through low-flush, low flow and waterless fixtures and the landscaping includes drought-tolerant native plants and a no-mow, no-water Synlawn.