WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY AND GREEN BUILDING?

In the widest and generally accepted interpretation, Sustainability is considered making decisions for the present which do not compromise future decisions.

It is based upon three components: economic growth, social progress and environmental protection.

WHAT IS LEED

LEED is U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certification system, developed to define a national standard for what constitutes “green building”. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”. It is accepted all over the world as an objective and thorough system to evaluate the level building achieved on green scale. It addresses Sustainable Sites, Water efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in design.

By selecting the building that is certified under the LEED for Core & Shell system, tenants are off to a great start due to the 5 points gained under the Sustainable Sites: Site Selection category of the LEED-CI Rating system.

Site is located in favorable environment, surrounded by high density development and connected community. LEED Credit points are achieved using these benefits, reducing necessary transportation needs, so it is highly recommended to exploit them in each way.

Please, consider their proximity and use numerous community services, (such as bank, grocery, day care center, beauty salon, park, pharmacy, post office, restaurant, school, fitness center, supermarket) available in walkable distance, instead of driving. It may improve productivity by reducing the time spent driving and searching for parking space. In addition, increased levels of physical activity improves one’s health.

Use bicycle to arrive to your working place. Consider a number of environmental and personal benefits - no emissions, no fuel paid, avoid traffic congestion, regular exercise. Building owner wanted to contribute to reduction of the pollution and land development impacts from automobile use, so shower/changing facilities and bicycle racks for safe keeping were designed for tenant use.

Landscape is designed with the strongest course of having maximum open and vegetated space on site. Native and indigenous plants are planted, thus reducing-to-eliminating irrigation needs. Building is equipped with rainwater tank, and no potable water is used for irrigation purposes at all. Rainwater tank is connected with drip/drop irrigation system.

Additionally to no use of potable water for irrigation, water efficiency is achieved through use of water saving fixtures, fittings and appliances, such as water taps with sensors in all toilets.

Lighting power has been optimized through compliance with process load recommended by ASHRAE and reduced compared to its baseline building. Total installed interior lighting power is lower than the allowable value determined by the space-by-space method based on allowable lighting power density. In addition to the fact that every luminaire in the building is LED, exterior lighting is realized via highly efficient luminaries, with different and adjusted working schedules for different exterior areas, with lighting power well below ASHRAE baseline values.

Lighting controls include occupancy controls and programmable controls.

Building is supplied with abundant day lighting. Natural light enters the building along glass wall perimeter. Views and direct lines of sight from almost all regularly occupied area to the outdoor environment are easily achieved. Building façade is dominantly glass, with carefully selected highly selective glazing, to achieve high level of natural light with optimal level of solar heat gain.