WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, has moved into new offices in Washington, D.C.
The new offices and workstations are positioned to maximize day lighting, and all light fixtures were selected for their quality of light and high energy efficiency. Of the energy consumed, 100 percent is offset by renewable sources.
The materials chosen are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible. For example, salvaged wood timbers create a screen forest wall for an elliptical conference room, and rapidly renewable bamboo, linoleum, and cork flooring are installed throughout the space. In addition, only low-VOC paints and coatings were used.
The new office uses 40 percent less water via low-flow plumbing fixtures, dual-flush toilets, and waterless urinals.
The new office demonstrates how environmentally preferred green materials and highly efficient systems can transform an ordinary office space into an extraordinary place to work and learn.
Go to USGBC for more information on LEED.