California Environmental Protection Agency, USAWhat is the LEED Certification?
California Environmental Protection Agency, Sacramento, USA
Located in the heart of Sacramento, California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters is an energy-efficient building, an embodiment of green design and sustainable construction methods. The 25-story complex was built by Thomas Properties Group. In 2004 it was awarded LEED Platinum rating in the category of Existing Buildings. The designer of the state office building was AC Martin Partners. Cost of the project was $270 million. The building is surrounded with native drought-resistant plants. Water use in the building is reduced by 20-50% due to low-flow fixtures installed in the toilets. The building is more than 30% energy-efficient, thanks to PV panels on the roof and an efficient lighting system. The complex is filled with natural daylight. The air-conditioning in the building is provided by an exclusive room on each of 25 floors which lets air enter the building. The creators of the building encourage alternative ways of transportation, such as walking and biking.
By Astghik Atabekyan, www.building.am