Regional Office Building Achieves LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors
The GSA Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, located within the Dow Building at 6th and Market streets, Philadelphia, recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council rates projects across all areas of sustainability: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design.
Over 90% of the equipment in the Regional Office is Energy Star Rated, and over 20% of materials used in the project were made of recycled content. Lighting efficiency is optimized with 75% of lighting controlled by occupancy and daylight sensors and the fixtures installed consume 41% less power than standard light fixtures. The project team achieved a 30% reduction in water use, and 90% of construction waste was diverted from landfill.
The space is efficiently designed and sub-metered which allows GSA to track electrical consumption. Reflective white roofing reduces heat island effect. The team also implemented filtering systems to reduce external pollutants, along with a robust recycling program. All parking is below grade, and employees have convenient access to various means of public transportation.