San Fran Building Goes LEED Platinum

It seems fitting that the offices of a charitable foundation that seeks to advance environmental conservation and scientific research (as well as improve quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area) would be certified LEED Platinum. According to a recent release, the workplace of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in San Francisco, designed by Hawley Peterson Snyder and built by Blach Construction Company, is the eleventh project in the state of California to receive the highest certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for commercial interiors (LEED-CI).

The LEED-CI rating system measures not only the impact of new construction on the environment, but upon the health and well-being of those who work within the building. Towards that end, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation building includes natural light and views for everyone in the building, careful selection of materials and adhesives, increased ventilation, and the implementation of green cleaning protocols, as well as alternative transportation options for employees, an employee incentive program for carpooling and use of public transportation, and the use of video conferencing to reduce travel miles.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation workplace

image via Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Foundation building also earned its eco-honors by de-constructing and reusing much of the existing building (rather than demolishing it); locally sourced, reused, and/or low-impact natural building materials such as cork, bamboo, FSC-timber, recycled glass and/or cotton insulation; and design flexibility that will allow the building to accommodate the Foundation over the long term as its needs change (rather than requiring further renovation).

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.