Originally published in Interiors & Sources

02/04/2009

USGBC Earns LEED Platinum for New HQ

 
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When the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creator of LEED, outgrew its existing workplace and needed to move into a larger home, one of the organization’s primary goals was that its new offices serve as a showcase for sustainable design principles. The USGBC’s new offices provide proof that the organization walks its talk in regard to prescribing productive, efficient, and sustainable work environments.

The project was completed for $1.5 million (excluding donated equipment), or $95 per square foot, and earned a LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Platinum rating in a building that has already earned LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) Gold.

The 22,000-square-foot fit-out earned the Platinum rating due in part to maximizing lighting efficiency, providing daylighting and views to most occupants, and ensuring that all occupants can control their own light levels.

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