LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. HAV Capital, LLC achieved LEED Certification by incorporating the following sustainable design principles and practices:
- Greenfields and existing habitats are preserved as natural outdoor spaces by locating the project on a previously developed site near services and high-density residential zoning.
- Alternative transportation is promoted by providing bicycle racks, showers and changing rooms for employees.
- The building’s light-colored roofing helps maintain consistent indoor temperatures and reduces dependence on HVAC systems.
- Efficient mechanical systems are installed to reduce energy consumption.
- Existing walls, floors and structure were reused to limit the use of virgin resources.
- Instead of sending construction waste to landfills, 75% of waste was diverted to be recycled.
- Low flow water fixtures, native planting and an efficient irrigation system has been designed to reduce water consumption by 30%.
- New wood products used on the project were harvested using sustainable practices.
- Indoor contaminants were reduced through good construction practices and flushing out the air in the building.
- Low-emitting flooring, paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants are used to reduce indoor contaminants.
- Composite wood or agrifiber products used in this project contain zero added urea formaldehyde.
- Low-mercury lamps and lighting is installed to reduce the amount of toxic substances in the building.
- All exterior doors and windows utilize low-e insulated glazing units to further reduce heat gain in the building.
- Operable transom windows are installed to promote cross ventilation.
- Light pollution is kept to a minimum by directing outdoor lights downward and keeping interior lights from spilling into exterior spaces.
- As much as possible, recycled materials have been utilized throughout the project.