The theme of this week’s LEED roundup is “firsts”.  The first LEED certified hotel in Florida, the first LEED-NC Platinum building in Montana, and the University of Scranton’s first LEED certified building make this week’s list.

Sandpearl Resort – Clearwater Beach, Florida

The Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida is the first hotel in the state to receive LEED certification; the hotel achieved LEED Silver certification.  Some of the features that helped the Resort reach silver-level certification include: “chilled water air-conditioning system; heat recovery exhaust system; in-room energy management system; common areas thermal comfort; ozone assisted laundry; special glazing for windows and sliding glass doors; low emission construction materials; geothermal pool heating system; ozone pool sanitizing system; extensive water conservation systems; waste conservation; and more.”  Source: Sandpearl Resort (PDF) 

Missoula Federal Credit Union – Montana

The new Missoula Federal Credit Union in Missoula, Montana has achieved LEED for New Construction Platinum certification.  Platinum is the highest level achievable on the LEED checklists and the credit union earned 57 points; projects that score higher than 52 points qualify for LEED Platinum level certification.  With this certification, the credit union marks the first LEED-NC Platinum building in the state.

DeNaples Center – Scranton, Pennsylvania

The Patrick & Margaret DeNaples Center at Scranton University is the first building on campus to receive LEED certification.  The building achieved LEED Silver status and is the home to a bookstore, a theater, and more.  There University’s press release has a long list of items that contributed to the certification including dual light level switching in offices, green housekeeping and cleaning supplies, hallway occupancy sensors, a reflective roof, and the use of locally sourced products.

Check back next Friday for more LEED certified projects.

Photos by The University of Scranton

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