ACE Building – Philadelphia, PA

The City of Philadelphia now has a LEED-EB certified building thanks to The ACE Group. The insurance company’s North American headquarters, located on Walnut Street in Philadelphia’s historic district, recently received LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) Silver certification.

Energy efficiency upgrades have allowed the 350,000 square-foot building to use approximately 20% less energy than similar-sized buildings in the city. This 20% reduction earned an ENERGY STAR score of 74 but The Ace Group isn’t done; the company will be installing more energy efficient boilers in the coming months.

The ACE Group also chose ENERGY STAR certified electronics for use in its offices, recycles more than 50% of the waste leaving the building, and 25% of the employee’s use mass transit or other environmentally friendly transportation methods to commute to and from work.

Bentley Reserve – San Francisco, CA

The historic Bentley Reserve building in San Francisco has been honored with LEED for Core & Shell (LEED-CS) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Bentley Reserve was once the San Francisco U.S. Federal Reserve Bank but now the building is a special event and conference center.

Updating the building while preserving its historic charm was a bit of a challenge but the use of FSC certified wood flooring, installing a daylight harvesting system, and updating energy systems helped the project earn LEED-CS Silver certification.

As is often the case with LEED-CS certifications, the building is also undergoing the LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) certification process. LEED-CS is designed to complement the LEED-CI certification program. One of the building’s tenants, the Energy Foundation, has already secured LEED-CI Platinum certification. Owners of the Bentley Reserve hope that future tenants pursue LEED-CI certification and the building’s LEED-CS certification will certainly help to encourage this process.

Pizza Fusion – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Pizza Fusion, an organic pizza franchise known for using LEED standards when building new locations, delivering pizzas in hybrid vehicles, and using biodegradable containers has opened its first international location. Jedda, Saudi Arabia is now home to the first Pizza Fusion location outside of the United States.

Although the franchise building is not LEED certified, it was built to the LEED standards that Pizza Fusion demands of all of its franchise buildings. The Saudi Arabia location uses ENERGY STAR appliances, FSC certified wood products, advanced light monitoring systems, low-flow plumbing, and low or no-VOC products.

Photo: Neeta Lind/Flickr

Weekly LEED roundup – 12/4/09
The ACE Building in Philadelphia, San Francisco's Bentley Reserve, and the first Pizza Fusion in Saudi Arabia are featured this week.