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Changemaker Antwi Akom: Sustainability and social equity [podcast]

March 20, 2017
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What do you think of when you hear the words "slum" or "poverty"? When Dr. Antwi Akom hears those words, he thinks of genius and hotbeds of green innovation. He thinks of masters of “TAO”: people turning adversity into opportunity. Akom is Associate Professor at San Francisco State University, co-founder of I-SEED, and co-founder of Streetwyze. He believes that a truly sustainable future relies on the local knowledge of ordinary citizens. 

That was the motivation behind a discussion at Greenbuild 2016, and it served as the theme of our second season premiere of Changemakers. We are taking you inside a special TalentFX session featuring a conversation with Akom; Brendan Owens, Chief of Engineering at USGBC; Tessa Cruz, Program Manager for I-SEED; and Karla Ortiz, Youth Organizer with the East Los Angeles Women's Center. The discussion revealed why it’s important to make sustainability serve everyone, and how we can start doing that today.

Listen to the podcast.

Takeaways for changemakers

The conversation centers on access and opportunity. Akom’s work shows the powerful insights we gain when diverse perspectives and underrepresented individuals are brought to the table.

By democratizing data and decision-making in the poorest parts of our communities, Akom suggests, we can make progress toward solving the world’s greatest social problems—like poverty and global warming. Through the power of collaboration, we can have development without displacement. There can be social equity, clean energy, healthy schools and sustainable economic development.

Things you can do right now:

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  2. Find out how are pilot credits are evaluated.
  3. View the pilot credit library.

Now we want to hear from you. What was your favorite part of today’s episode? What were your takeaways? Use #ChangemakersUSGBC to share your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. We’d love to know what you think.

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Saudi Green Building Forum joins LEED International Roundtable

March 20, 2017
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The Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF) has become the newest member of USGBC’s LEED International Roundtable. Faisal Alfadl, Secretary General of the King Saud Foundation and founder of SGBF, which is also a USGBC Education Partner, recently sat down with us for an interview.

Q: Talk to us about the current state of green building in Saudi Arabia.

With the king of Saudi Arabia’s green building initiative, inaugurated in 2010, green building is growing, and SGBF continues to play an important role in the greening of Saudi Arabia. At a recent visit of ours with His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh, we discussed challenges associated with building green as it relates to people, planet and profits while promoting green building initiatives in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world. This includes boosting business collaboration, unveiling new employment opportunities and enhancing the built environment by introducing saaf® Green Building, a global trademark, third-body labeling system for people, products and projects that is friendly to human health, safety and the environment.

His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, our chairman, recently noted that “Saudi Arabian investment is no surprise in its long vision for 2030. Green building ranked third may look small to some, but it is a great leap into the future for us. Our future generations will enjoy clean energy and the environment, all done independently from oil and resource waste, as saaf goes forward with its champions—representing a valuable opportunity for mankind.”

Q: Tell us what you hope to work on as a new member of the LEED International Roundtable.

A: The LEED International Roundtable represents the impact and application of LEED worldwide. We want to accelerate the advancement of Saudi Arabia’s relevance in regional priority and application of the LEED rating systems internationally, within the framework of USGBC. In fact, the SGBF intends to utilize this partnership with the trusted saaf label as a bridge to build professional relations and leverage community connections.

Q: You and SGBF are very active in the Saudi Arabian green building industry. Tell us more about your work.

A. The public and private sector association drives all of us. At our recent annual summit, we witnessed the opportunity to exchange action words with government ministries and business champions of Saudi Arabia. Having an exchange with middle management and international community representatives, as well as leaders of private business, drives knowledge of the latest services, products, and project and technological developments providing for Saudi Arabia’s growing green building industry.

We also allow stockholders to gain an in-depth understanding of the key issues and major project opportunities in the Saudi Arabian green building sector, capitalizing on a wealth of opportunities for companies capable of providing green building design concepts, construction and operation for energy- and water-efficient technologies, effective management systems and architectural engineering building material.

Importantly, the saaf professionals get an excellent chance to be associated with the only green building council in Saudi Arabia, affiliated with USGBC and the International Code Council since 2015, officially inspired by the King's initiative, held under the patronage of Saudi government and supported by the private sector. 

Q: What are the challenges and opportunities ahead?

A: Continuing to align the private and public sectors together with non-governmental organizations to discover how profits are driven, by commitment to green building standards for safety, health and the environment. The other challenges are to bring about integrative partnerships among owners and architecture, engineering and contractor companies, who claim its commitment to standards. 

We have vast opportunities at hand due to the King’s initiative, for the Kingdom's unshakable commitment to joining the global participation in signing the Paris climate change treaty in New York, casting a challenge for the Middle East's large construction site taking place in Saudi Arabia, driven particularly by the Ministry of Finance, Projects and Housing. Additionally, SGBF is working with USGBC on the first LEED for Cities using the new performance platform, Arc, and we are seeking all governors, city service providers and the private sector to join the efforts. 

Learn more about the Saudi Green Building Forum

Join USGBC Ohio for a day of advocacy at the Statehouse

March 17, 2017
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Join USGBC Ohio as it hosts "Statehouse Day" at the Ohio Statehouse on Tues., April 25, 2017. This is an opportunity to meet with key state legislators to introduce them to our new USGBC Ohio community and let them know of the great resource they have in their constituency.  

Our hope is to make our representatives aware of the benefits of sustainable communities and green building practices and of the growing impacts that green infrastructure has across the state.
 
Please contact Eric Porr if you are interested in joining us for this important day. We will start with orientation and training, then attend private meetings with individual legislators in small groups for a brief discussion in their offices. At the end of the day, we will all reconvene at a reception.
 
We will follow up soon with an agenda for the day and with our meeting schedule for the afternoon. If you are interested in participating, please notify Eric Porr by Friday, March 24.

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LEED Fellows and women leaders

March 16, 2017
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This article was co-authored by Nicholas Firmand.

The LEED Fellow is GBCI’s most prestigious credential, awarded to outstanding LEED APs who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements, have a history of leadership and have made significant contributions to green building and sustainability.

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day last week, the idea of women leaders in the green building industry is one that is near and dear to many of us. We had the chance to talk to a panel of LEED Fellows recently, all of whom are inspirational women and leaders and were energized by what we heard. 

LEED Fellow women leaders panel

Megan Ritchie Saffitz
Megan was the Director of LEED Support at GBCI from 2010 to 2017. During those years, she grew GBCI’s customer service infrastructure and the Technical Customer Service Team to handle a 700 percent increase in project-related inquiries. Her team won more than 10 customer service awards, including “Customer Service Team of the Year” three years in a row. Megan joined the International Living Future Institute as Certification Director in March 2017.

Jenny Carney
Jenny is a Principal and LEED Fellow at YR&G. She heads up YR&G’s Performance and Operations Team and manages the Chicago office. In that role, Jenny oversees YR&G project work related to sustainability strategy development, performance-based benchmarking, corporate sustainability programming, reporting and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) certification.

Beth Heider
Beth is Chief Sustainability Officer for Skanska USA, supporting the design and construction of high-performance green/LEED/Envision projects throughout their life cycle. Over her career, Heider has been responsible for the pre-construction management of large-scale multimillion-dollar construction programs. As CSO, Beth ensures the goals of Skanska’s sustainability agenda are being met across Skanska’s four U.S. businesses while serving on Skanska USA’s Management Team.

Maria de Los Angeles Perez
Maria is a Senior Associate and Director of Sustainable Design for Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm of 5,000+ professionals networked across 46 offices. In this role, Maria serves as one of the firms leading sustainability ambassadors and educators, engaging staff, clients and the public on innovative and sustainable design, construction and operational thinking.

Q: Tell me about your leadership style and what best suits you.

Megan: At GBCI, I used a holacratic model, meaning that I delegated authority and decision-making across my team rather than investing in a rigid hierarchical management structure. This allowed for increased leadership development across my entire team: theoretically, anyone had the opportunity to be a leader and develop leadership skills. In practice, 72 percent of my 26-person team held a managing role over a team, program or scope, while still contributing to our primary scope of work: assisting customers directly.

My opinion is that the worker-as-manager/manager-as-worker model prevents burnout and over-specialization or “typecasting,” while increasing retention, preserving institutional knowledge and increasing the overall quality of work. In addition to this specific management model, I also tried to give my time to each and every team member so that I could keep a pulse on their happiness, their current successes and challenges and mentor through obstacles. While the hierarchical model is more traditional, I personally find the holacratic model more effective in our particular line of work; it is more complex to manage, but ultimately more rewarding, bestowing benefits to team members in addition to the organization.

Jenny: Looking within my company, there are two or three different arenas where I can be a leader. I have the relevant technical expertise, and can communicate it to the advantage of projects and teams that I work on. This is a conventionally recognized form of leadership. Internally, a type of leadership that I have brought in is that I am thoughtful about how I manage dynamics, so that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. I really strive to make people better by giving people the opportunity to bring their own ideas into the fold.

The reason that some may not use this leadership style is that it is not the typical method of succeeding focused on alpha leadership or individualism. It is a focus on group dynamics. There is diminished space for this, and there can be less emphasis on conversations that don’t have a direct ROI. However, at the meta level, these conversations lead to an overall improvement. There is an intrinsic integrative design aspect to sustainability, but this approach may not always reflected within the management structures of the firms that deliver green projects.

Beth: For me, it’s about bringing people together and elevating others on the team. We recently were working a project that had committed to certification. The project engineer was slammed closing out the job. At the same time, I had an exchange employee from Sweden who is a rising star and needed more opportunity to contribute. I believe the magic really happens when people from different backgrounds come together to achieve common goal that is bigger than any one person.  

Greenbuild was coming to Los Angeles. The project was also in L.A. A Greenbuild tour submission created the perfect aspirational goal. I connected the Swedish and L.A. stars into a constellation along with the national lead. Everyone was energized by the urgency and aspiration. The project was certified LEED Platinum just before the Greenbuild tour. This week, the job received Skanska's highest award. 

I am always looking to catch our stars doing green, connecting them into a constellation. Often it means finding the “dark moons” that need a little illumination to be visible. By empowering people, a leader can compound and elevate their impact. I am most delighted and energized seeing the amazing places my colleagues take the snowball I set in motion. 

When you have a limited staff, like I do, you have to rely on your ability to lead by influence inspiring and persuading others instead of sending out marching orders. This reflects USGBC's approach, inspiring, educating and providing a language to define green and recognizing excellence. I have found that women tend to be naturally good at leading by influence and being a catalyst in their firm and market. 

Maria: I have a nurturing nature and consider myself a good listener and an excellent networker. I enjoy creating ecosystems and I support a collaborative leadership style that blends the thinking and ideas of others. I’m an integrator whose goal is to connect people and ideas. My way of thinking is big-picture and nonlinear.

Q: Do you have any role models in the green building industry? How have these leaders shaped where you are today?

Beth: One of the leaders I’ve emulated is Gail Vittori—she is so good at listening. She makes sure everyone is included in the conversation while moving the conversation along. She has a really graceful way of recognizing each individual’s unique contribution to the dialogue. 

At the Women in Green breakfast, someone used the term “bro-propriate”—finally, a term for what I experienced, especially early in my career when I would bring an idea to the table and not be heard. An hour later, one of the guys suggests the very same idea and is a genius. Gail recognizes the contributions of everyone, regardless of gender. 

Maria: I admire the work of both Naomi Klien and Majora Carter. Naomi Klien is a journalist and author whose book "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" has brought awareness to the climate change crisis. Naomi brings to light the connections between the growth model of the free market economy and its impacts on climate change. She believes we have the power to make the changes needed, we just need to know it ourselves.

Majora Carter is a leader in urbanization, real estate developer and social justice advocate who focuses on diversity and social justice. She has been responsible for the creation and implementation of numerous green infrastructure projects, polices and job training and placement opportunities for low-income communities. In addition, Majora has helped connect tech industry pioneers to diverse communities at all levels.

Q: Do you see the role female leaders play in our industry changing in the future?

Jenny: When it comes to the capability of convening disparate groups, garnering consensus and moving forward, that is a style of leadership that is more prevalent among women—and there is a growing need for this leadership style industrywide. There is a lot of work in this industry that is not about glamorous triumphs; it’s more about community organizing, deploying our good green building strategies at a broad scale. 

To be successful at that, we need to tap all the talent, in all the people, in all the ways, and specifically around engaging the entire building community to move past focusing only on LEED in iconic new construction projects, and toward having all buildings have these green building elements in them. This is a space that women can help facilitate, and help reach the “tipping point.” The LEED Fellow program is not yet set up to recognize someone who shines in that arena alone or as a primary strength.

There are also more structural barriers for women to become technical experts. It’s not so much that they don’t go into math and science fields, but once they enter the professional world, there are structural barriers that keep them off the traditional path of advancing in their fields.

The act of pursuing acclaim or promotion is known to be something that women don’t do at the same rate as men. Are there more interventions we can do about being really explicit about outreach to encourage more women to pursue a LEED Fellow nomination? A study from Harvard Business Review showed that men who are unqualified for a job have no qualms about pursuing it, whereas women are more likely to self-censor themselves.

Beth: I hope women will be more present in leadership positions. There are still some barriers. Some are cultural. It seems natural for men to be very forward in self-promotion, but it can be regarded as unladylike for women to act this way. It is essential for leaders to encourage women to “go for it.”  This was true for me. I had not considered throwing my hat into the ring for USGBC Board Chair until a male colleague believed in me and inspired me to go for it. Our industry needs men and women to endorse each other and to encourage women to pursue top leadership roles.

Another thing our industry is addressing is unconscious bias. One of my female colleagues is highly technically accomplished, but is also very nice, and her contributions are sometimes drowned out by the louder voices in the room. I am on a mission to make sure that a colleague is given leadership opportunities and to endorse her as often as possible. We all need to look out for our “high potential people” who aren't heard and to cultivate future leaders. 

Women can be more afraid to fail than men. Perhaps this is because of the way boys are socialized through sports, learning it’s OK to be rough with each other, OK to fail, as long as you get back up. Women tend not to go for an opportunity unless they are “overqualified” for it, whereas a man may take a swing for the fence, even if he thinks it is unlikely he will make it. We need to encourage women to just go for it, and if you fail this time, you are not a failure as a person; you can pick yourself back up, learn from it and try again.

There are problems with the pipeline to LEED Fellow for women. For example, we know that today, more women graduate from architecture schools than men, but then when it comes time to get licensed, they are at the point in life where they may also be having children. When women drop out of or slow their careers to raise their children, reentry into the workforce requires support, or they may leave the profession or stifle their own leadership ambitions. We need to cultivate female professionals, and continue to encourage them across the arc of their career to aspire to and move intentionally toward LEED Fellowship.   

MDLAP: Yes, I grew up with a Hispanic upbringing and was surrounded by strong-willed, hardworking and purpose-driven women. It is through their leadership that the traditions, values and legacy of our family have been upheld. My grandmother, mother and daughter all possess natural leadership skills and they are the masters of opportunity—seamlessly keeping all in check while running the family household and at the same time supporting the family. They have taught me that a woman’s instincts and emotional intelligence can be off the charts. They seamlessly manage crisis and change and are turnaround experts, sensing and neutralizing any signs of danger well before it invades our path. It is because of these women that my family is full of love, spiritually aligned and well balanced. We are a modern family who embraces traditions even as we adapt to changing times.

Q: Anything else to add about female leadership in the green/healthy building industry?

MRS: In general, right now women are still are required to “play by the same rules.” Historically, success in leadership used traditional criteria that focused on longstanding notions of success. If a woman is successful, then minimally she had to excel when compared against this pre-existing criteria. But does this miss something because we haven’t updated our success criteria to be more modern, more reflective of the change we want to see in the world? Maybe the point to make about women’s impacts is not so much that there is something separate that women do, but they have to both meet existing expectations around success, in addition to being the change they want to see in the world by helping others succeed as well.

BH: "LEED Fellow" is, by nature, a technical designation. Some women have enabling roles instead of the role of technical expert. Some people achieve leadership status in other areas long before they lead LEED projects. Once you are at the executive level, it is your job to be the catalyst, the inspiration—not only to start the chain of events that have an impact, but to see it through to completion. Female leaders who have a strong technical mind can find ways to unlock progress by resolving technical issues, without being the person who came to prominence by filling out scorecards and doing LEED submittals. 

MDLAP: Women leaders understand survival, renewal and reinvention. They have grit, are resilient and are not afraid to fight for what they believe in or an opportunity to achieve something of significance. They believe in what they stand for, but that doesn’t mean they won’t put their ideas and ideals to the test. For them, doing more with less is simply a matter of knowing how to strategically activate those around them.


This group is an inspiration to us all. The nominations period for the LEED Fellow has been extended until Monday, April 3.

Join the LEED Fellow Class of 2017

USGBC Minnesota advocates for green buildings

March 16, 2017
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On March 9, more than 30 USGBC Minnesota architects, contractors, LEED professionals and community leaders gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol to stress the importance of energy-efficient, cost-effective and healthy buildings with our state legislators.  

USGBC Minnesota is supporting key bills this year, including the Schools Energy Efficiency Bill that we helped create (HF1727/SF1510), which is slated to increase the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 50 percent (HF1772/SF1531), and a Farm to Schools bill providing administrative support to bring local, healthy foods to schools (HF2049/SF1657).

We also voiced concerns about a bill to suspend PACE Residential Financing (HF1377/SF1088) and a bill that will negatively impact our building energy code review process (HF1001/SF745).

Our big win of the day was learning the Energy Efficient Schools Bill (SF1510) that USGBC Minnesota has been working on was laid over by the Senate E-12 Policy Committee and may be considered for an Education Policy Omnibus bill. This legislation would require that all Minnesota K–12 public schools maintain monthly energy utility data in the state’s B3 Benchmarking system, creating the potential for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost savings for schools. 

Highlights of the day included a visit to the rotunda by Sen. Erik Simonson (pictured), (DFL), District 07, who spoke on the value of good energy codes. “If we can invest $10 today in creating efficient buildings, the savings will be so much bigger than $10 down the line,” Simonson stated.

Alison Lindberg, building energy policy manager with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, shared with our group the potential of significant energy savings that can result from building benchmarking, stressing that “Benchmarking energy use in public buildings makes sure that tax dollars are spent wisely." 

Sheri Brezinka, Minnesota’s director of community, and Jeremy Sigmon, director ­technical policy, both of USGBC, were on hand to share the important work USGBC is doing to advance green building both on the local and national levels.

USGBC prepared volunteers with exciting figures about Minnesota’s bustling green building economy. From 2015–2018, green construction in Minnesota is expected to contribute more than $15 billion to the state’s economy and support 180,000+ jobs that will earn Minnesotans more than $10 billion in labor earnings. LEED project activity in Minnesota is expected to account for about one-third of these economic impacts. (See state stats and project collections). 

Before heading out to scheduled meetings with legislators, Rep. Ray Dehn, District 59B, shared tips on how individuals can effectively communicate their message with legislators. Kimberly Sandbulte, project architect with HGA Architects, provided a guided tour of the newly renovated Capitol building. 

Thank you to all of our USGBC advocates who attended—the day could not have been more successful.

Check out our photo album of the day

Join us at the 2017 LEED European Summit

March 15, 2017
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The LEED European Summit, co-hosted in Berlin by USGBC, GBCI and the German Green Building Association (GGBA), is a collaborative event that will provide attendees with the opportunity to experience the new Arc platform and earn up to six GBCI CE hours.

The event combines an evening networking reception on April 26 and a full day of meetings and education on April 27, which will showcase the most recent developments in LEED and GBCI, including:

April 26

Evening networking reception sponsored by USGBC+ Magazine
Soho House Berlin | 7–10 p.m.

April 27

Summit meetings and education 
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 3 | 8:15 a.m.–5:45

Pricing

Early bird registration: Register by March 17 to receive a discounted price of €275 for members (USGBC members, GGBA members and other LEED International Roundtable organizational members) and €325 for nonmembers.

Full-day meeting and reception: €300 for members and €350 for nonmembers. Includes the full-day meeting with breakfast, lunch and meeting materials, plus reception (the evening before) with hors d'oeuvres and drinks. 

Learn more and register today

LEED Bracket Madness 2017

March 15, 2017
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It's back—USGBC's second annual LEED Bracket Madness. Joining in the lively competition of March Madness taking place all over the U.S., at USGBC headquarters we're cheering on our favorite teams in the annual NCAA college basketball tournament. 

Here's how to play LEED Bracket Madness: We've put together a sweet 16 list of our favorite LEED-certified basketball stadiums on college campuses across the country. For the next two weeks, you can vote for your favorite arenas, all the way to the championship round, on Twitter.

Follow #LEEDbracket on social media for all the up-to-the-minute action and results.

May the best stadium win!

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Certify cities and communities with LEED

March 14, 2017
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Did you know that LEED doesn't just work for buildings, but it works for cities and communities too?

In addition to building certification, LEED also includes a certification pilot structured for cities to measure and improve performance, focusing on outcomes from ongoing sustainability efforts. This pilot leverages a globally consistent method of performance measurement for a streamlined and data-based pathway to LEED certification for cities.

LEED for Cities pilot

In order to pursue LEED for Cities certification under the pilot rating system, city project teams must

  1. Register their city in Arc.
  2. Complete all prerequisites.
  3. Provide data to receive a Performance Score in Arc.

In order to generate a Performance Score, participants input data across five categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation and Human Experience. Cities must earn all prerequisites and may provide additional information to achieve points to increase the Base Score, which contributes to the total Performance Score.

Learn more at usgbc.org/cityperformance

Watch the video below to learn how to register for Arc: LEED for Cities and Communities.

LEED Link: LEED Addenda

March 14, 2017
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LEED Addenda are issued regularly to update USGBC's LEED rating systems and reference guides with any changes or improvements. They clarify, correct, interpret or provide alternative language to the current rating system guidance.

You can search for Addenda in the Addenda Database. They also are published in tables, organized by page number of the LEED Reference Guides, such as this one for LEED for Neighborhood Development. These tables are published in the USGBC Resource Library.

Take a look at our Help Center LEED Addenda section for more answers to specific Addenda questions.

See the most recent LEED Addenda update

Honeywell’s LEED Gold HQ sets a high bar for facility performance tracking

March 13, 2017
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Honeywell has long been a pioneer in deepening facility sustainability and developing green technologies to foster energy efficiency in buildings across the world. So, it was only fitting that we set our sights high when it came to our own headquarters in Morris Plains, New Jersey, which recently earned LEED Gold under the LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors rating system. It’s just one way we’re setting an example of using technology to enhance the workplace experience of our employees and deliver superior building performance.

Valuing occupant health and well-being

Our headquarters is teeming with examples of sustainability at work, and incorporates several design elements and construction practices that take into account environmental sustainability and worker satisfaction and productivity. One of the most prominent examples is our building’s use of daylight to both save energy and create a more pleasing work atmosphere. Its proximity to public transportation also reduces greenhouse gas emissions while creating convenience for employees who commute from neighboring towns. 

Prioritizing energy-saving features

The building features more than 1,000 rooftop solar panels, which generate 387,000 kilowatt hours of electrical capacity a year. The parking garage, 86 percent of which is covered, reduces the heat island effect, which can result in elevated temperatures and impact the surrounding environment. The site also boasts water-efficient landscaping that shrinks water consumption, along with LED lighting that helps keep overall power consumption 35 percent below energy code requirements. 

Extending the life cycle

It was equally important for us to consider the materials that are involved with the project life cycle, and to that end, the space’s build-out materials are composed of more than 30 percent recycled content, and nearly 97 percent of the site’s construction waste was diverted from landfills. To ensure occupant health and well-being, the outside air circulation is 30 percent above the minimum amount required. The project also supported the local economy and reduced emissions by purchasing more than 25 percent of materials from regional manufacturers.

Measuring performance

While a sustainably designed and constructed building can stand on many merits, a building’s LEED certification is only as good as the occupants within its walls—sustainable operation and maintenance is key to ensuring the effectiveness and longevity of any building, certified or not. At Honeywell, we know that operations rely on accurate data and employee engagement, so in order to continually measure and monitor building performance and hold us accountable, our headquarters installed a LEED performance-tracking platform that pulls data directly from our building management system to provide real-time information on energy use, water consumption, waste output, occupant transportation and human experience.

Employing this performance platform is our way of recognizing that buildings are alive and always changing, it and gives us a means to track how we’re doing through the building’s overall performance score, which is aligned to LEED standards. This helps further incentivize occupants to engage in actions that can positively impact the building’s footprint, and enables our employees to have a direct relationship with the building and personalize their experience while improving comfort and efficiency. 

Through the integrated efforts of the project team, we blended design performance with human performance. We’re proud to be setting an example of pushing beyond the benchmarks of LEED to incorporate additional strategies that strengthen the overall sustainability story and educate employees daily.

Learn more about Honeywell’s green building solutions

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