The FBI Regional Facility building, located in Chicago, Ill., has become the world’s first to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification under the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) newest platform for existing buildings.
The 10-story building was certified platinum under the LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance) program, which was launched in 2008 to assist building owners and operators in minimizing their environmental impact while maximizing operational efficiency.
“It’s exciting for us to be part of such a significant achievement,” said Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in Charge of the FBI Chicago office.
LEED certification is determined based on a building’s overall ability to meet or exceed standards in six main areas ranging from “Water Efficiency” to “Innovation and Design Process.” To receive Platinum certification, a building must score above 80 percent on the measured standards.
Why Build Green
According to the U.S. EPA, buildings account for:
- 38 percent of CO2 emissions
- 39 percent of total energy use
- 68 percent of total electricity consumption
- 12 percent of total water consumption
Green buildings reduce environmental impact while decreasing operating costs associated with building use. Many companies are building green to improve overall building health for occupants as well.
Platinum LEED Buildings
There are less than 20 Platinum certified LEED EB (Existing Buildings) in the world. Here are some who have been awarded the prestigious designation:
- Armstrong Headquarters- Located in Lancaster, PA, this building uses wind energy to supply 75 percent of the building’s power and is currently recycling over 60 percent of all waste.
- Discovery Headquarters- The Discovery building saves 24,000 gallons of water per year as a result of their green makeover.
- Clinton Presidential Library- Located in Little Rock, Ar., the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum added a vegetated roof, switched to the use of green cleaning products and remains carbon neutral.