Fresno offices sets LEED goal, achieves sustainability and certification

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 15:45

Architects, developers and building owners all understand the value of green buildings, especially those that achieve a level of sustainability that merits a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
These LEED certifications allow building owners to up their asking price for tenants, let architects proudly admire and flaunt their achievement and help developers unload properties on the premise of cost efficiency and increased operational capacity.
One property in Fresno, California, was built with the goal of an LEED certification, and after the adoption of a successful plan and efficient building techniques, the Park View Plaza was awarded the Gold designation from the USGBC, according to The Business Journal.
The news outlet reported that both the architect and development company for the building had worked for several years to achieve the LEED certification, and after the initial construction was completed and the energy efficient improvements were made, the victors were given the spoils.
Out of the many projects that were undertaken by the architect and the development company, one of the most efficient upgrades that was made involved the lighting in the parking lot. This installation of low-mercury xenon bulbs helped to save the organization roughly 55 percent on energy costs, according to the Journal.
The next upgrade phase involved the removal of old air filters and the installation of energy efficient Merv 13 filters, which helped the owners of the property save even more money.
According to the news outlet, one other major improvement was the addition of technology that helps to capture storm water drainage. This byproduct is then treated and used to recharge the local aquifer in the building.