Case Studies: Green Buildings
Building Better Outcomes with Concrete
Points for Concrete in LEED
Using concrete can facilitate the process of obtaining LEED™
Green Building certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) is a point rating system devised by the United States
Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance
of a building. The system is credit-based, allowing projects to
earn points for environmentally friendly actions taken during construction
and use of a building. More.
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New York, N.Y.
This 27-story, 357,000 sq. ft. luxury “green”
high-rise residential building was designed to comply with both
the New York State and Battery Park City Authority “Green
Building” Program. The project achieved LEED Silver compliant
status. As such, Tribeca Green attempts to offer a fresh opportunity
to lead a healthier, more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Association of Realtors Headquarters
The Washington, D.C. headquarters of
the National Association of Realtors was the first building
within the District of Columbia to receive certification from
the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s LEED rating program.
Today it also houses the Portland Cement Association’s
Designed in 1913 by Morris Whitehouse—the same architect
responsible for the design of the Oregon State Capitol—was
the first office building on the West Coast to be constructed
with reinforced concrete. The renovation marked another concrete
milestone for the historic structure when it became the first
LEED Silver certified architectural office in the United States.
New York, NY
FXFowle Architects' Dan Kaplan is driven by the thrill
of urban life, and his latest project, the Mosaic on the west
side of Manhattan, reclaims a former industrial area for a 677,000-square-feet
complex combining residential, retail, and cultural space.
The 1180 Peachtree is the tallest building constructed
in Atlanta in more than a decade. Satisfying more than 30 green
and high-performance requirements,the building was precertified
for silver status in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) Core and Shell Development.
Office of the Southface Energy Institute
Designed to be the region’s most prominent “green”
building, the building’s extensive use of concrete on
various sections of the structure showcases the benefits of
concrete solutions in sustainable development and demonstrates
the versatility of the world’s most widely-used building
Through the use of concrete and other green elements the
Bethel Commercial Center, a new, mixed-use transit center in
a low income neighborhood on Chicago’s west side, is expected
to use 50 percent less energy than conventional construction.
The building has been designed to achieve a LEED (Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating.
Green elements have been integrated
to create an effective thermal envelope, reduce sound transmission
between apartments, and provide a durable, safe and healthy
living place. Sanctuary Place relies on passive solar heat for
some of its energy needs.
Community Foothills Hospital
Dedicated in September 2003, the $53M Boulder Community
Foothills Hospital became the first hospital in the nation to
receive LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The hospital was awarded a Silver Rating.
Edge at Playa Vista
Los Angeles, California
Building 2 of the Water’s Edge at Playa Vista project
is four stories tall, offering 45,000 square feet of space per
floor. They used concrete to form both
the structure and much of the exterior, creating a building
that offers energy efficiency, flexible spaces, and a naturally
beautiful aesthetic to tenants.
Fisher Pavilion—a new concrete exhibition hall that
hosts more than 250,000 visitors each year at Seattle Center—took
green building a step further, earning recognition as one
of the American Institute of Architect’s Committee on
the Environment (AIA/COTE) Top Ten Green Projects of 2003.
The 12-story, 350,000-square-foot office building recently
opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts’s Kendall Square neighborhood.
A concrete structural system, chosen in large part for its
environmental merits, played a key role in bringing the building
New York, New York
The nation’s first green residential high-rise building
is just blocks away from ground zero in lower Manhattan’s
Battery Park City, and is the product of a first-ever coordination
of three green-building guidelines. A concrete structural
system is at the heart of the environmentally engineered and
San Francisco Federal Building
San Francisco, California
Set for completion in 2005, the 18 story concrete office
tower will take advantage of the city’s coastal breezes,
incorporating a modern glass façade with movable
elements that open and close—a timeless approach to ventilation.
Built with concrete, it’s designed to consume one-third
less energy than a conventional structure, providing
substantial cost savings that can be redirected for educational
purposes. Open to students in January 2003, the school is Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified.