Group 70 International – Honolulu, Hawaii
I have been writing the weekly LEED roundup for months and this is the first time a property from Hawaii has made the list. Group 70 International, a design firm founded in 1971, has transformed the office space in a 102 year-old building into a shining example of sustainability. The office earned LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The 5,700 square-foot second floor of the company’s Honolulu office was transformed in order to achieve the LEED Platinum rating. Eco-friendly changes include retrofitting the plumbing and electrical systems and fixtures, replacing existing office equipment with ENERGY STAR rated products, recycled carpeting, and products made from reeds and bamboo. Although the office space was completely revamped, the firm was able to reuse 60% of the materials used in the original office.
HOK – Atlanta, Georgia
HOK’s Atlanta location, located on the 41st floor of the One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, has received LEED-CI Gold certification. The 18,000 square-foot office “employs maximum day lighting, advanced environmental controls, innovative, flexible design and other features to achieve the LEED Gold certification.” Source: PitchEngine
The architectural design firm will also be purchasing renewable energy credits to offset 100% of its energy use for two years.
Albertsons – La Habra, California
Continuing with the green commercial interiors theme, the Albertsons grocery store in La Habra, California recently received LEED-CI Silver certification. The 54,000 square foot grocery store underwent a major renovation that began in September of 2008. The main focus of the remodel was on energy efficiency.
In order to achieve its goal of creating a more energy efficient store, Albertsons installed more than 40 skylights, night curtains on open cold cases, LED lighting on cold cases, and an internet-based energy monitoring system. Additionally, the store upgraded its plumbing fixtures to reduce water use by 45% and created premium parking spots for carpoolers.