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The Terry Thomas Building, Seattle, Washington, USA

What is the LEED Certification?

The 4-story commercial building located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, The Terry Thomas Center, is considered one of the wonders of international modern architecture. Gross floor area is 3760 square meters (or 40,500 square feet). Besides office and restaurant spaces, the center also has an underground garage and a parking lot for bicycles. The environmentally responsible and healthy working conditions, the system of natural ventilation and daylighting help to increase employees’ productivity. In order to save as much water as possible, the architects of the building designed a stormwater drainage system. The lighting is constantly controlled by occupancy monitors. Water-efficient fixtures also cut down water use by approximately 30%. The Terry Thomas center is the first building in the city which is passively cooled. The natural ventilation system is created in such a way that allows warm air to leave the building through the floor and through the courtyard. The upper floors of the center are always cooler, thanks to a white reflective roof. About 98% of building materials (aluminum, steel) was recycled. During construction process only low-VOC paints were used. The building earned LEED Platinum and LEED Gold certifications.

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