The green building trend is strong in the sports world. From the multiple LEED certifications awarded to buildings for the Vancouver Olympics to a massive renewable energy project at the Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field, the sports world is embracing the importance of green building. The newest addition to this movement is the LEED Gold certified International Motorsports Center, better known as the headquarters building for NASCAR.

The International Motorsports Center, located in Daytona Beach, Fla., houses the headquarters for NASCAR, GRAND-AM Road Racing and the International Speedway Corporation. Construction of the eight-story, 190,000 square-foot building was finished in October 2009, but the LEED certification process was just recently finished.

Several eco-friendly construction and design features helped the building earn a total of 43 points towards LEED Gold certification including the use of materials with recycled content, regionally sourced materials, energy efficiency upgrades and windows with a special coating to reduce heat transmission. The open workspace design of the building brings exterior views to 90 percent of employee workspaces, and the coated windows help regulate the interior temperature without boosting energy costs.

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