Artists for Humanity, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWhat is the LEED Certification?
Founded in 1991 by Susan Rodgerson, Artists for Humanity Epicenter is a cultural center consisting of studios where young artists and their teachers take part in a number of creative projects and programs of arts, graphic design, web design, etc. In 2004 Fort Point Arts District in Boston became home for Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, the headquarters of the organization. The highly sustainable building represents a collection of fine arts, created by young artists at different times. According to the founders of the organization, it is an epicenter of architectural ideals where artists can gather and solve the problems of the complicated modern society. According to the young participants of artistic projects, creating in eco-friendly space makes them think "greener", in terms of sustainability and recyclability. The sloped roof consists of an array of 49-kilowatt PV panels. The system of natural ventilation and daylight penetration help to save $ 66,000 on electricity annually. Rainwater is harvested. Most of building materials was recycled and reused. Gross floor area is 2.180 sq meters (23,500 square feet), 465 sq meters of which is intended for gallery space. The 4-storey construction was completed in September 2004. Artists For Huminity EpiCenter is a highly functional building which managed to achieve the highest level of sustainability on a small budget, by implementing water- and energy-efficient mechanisms. The educational building was included in the lists of Top Ten Green Buildings in the USA and 5 Most Beautiful Buildings in the city. In 2005 the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter earned LEED Platinum certification (53 points) and became the first construction in Boston whith such a high rating.
By Astghik Atabekyan, www.building.am