As a consequence of the recession, there aren’t a whole lot of new office buildings going up in Southern California–but one of them, by designed by Nadel Architects, has taken Gold in LEED Core Shell, the U.S. Green Building Council‘s latest LEED category, and at costs not much more than a conventionally-constructed building.
The 80,000-square foot Tustin Centre Office Building, owned by The Muller Company and BlackRock Realty, was designed to be a highly sustainable facility that would prove attractive to tenants wanting to invest in a green future, while keeping costs in check. Design and construction costs for the facillity came in at $13 million
The Tustin Centre Office Building features heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems that are 14% more efficient than code minimums and healthy indoor air quality (due to improved ventiliatoin and low volatile organic compound finishes), as well as water-conserving landscaping/irrigation and fixtures, and decomposed granite walking surfaces to reduce stormwater run-off. Bike racks, lockers and showers encourage green commuting for tenants and employees, while a cool roof and underground parking structure help to reduce the heat island effect.
The LEED for Core & Shell Rating System was designed to help developers of commercial properties incorporate green features while acknowledging their limitations in speculatively-developed builds, encouraging the implementation of green design and construction practices in areas over which the developer has control. These areas include the building’s structure, envelope and the HVAC system.
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