LEED Gold Core & Shell
Floral Vale with Wulff Architects
S Wolfe photography
Floral Vale LEED Core and Shell, 2009 completion for BPG, achieved certification at the Gold level under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a rigorous set of design and construction standards of the United States Green Building Council. The approximately 89,700 sf Core and Shell office building achieved credits in all 6 major LEED categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Material and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design.
Stormwater management through the use of rain gardens, bioswales, and underground detention basins which promote infiltration, capture and treat the stormwater.
Light pollution minimized with site lighting levels reduced 50% during off-peak hours.
White roof reduces the heat island effect.
Preferred parking provided for alternative fuel vehicles.
Water use designed to conserve more than 40% using dual flush toilets and waterless urinals.
Exterior irrigation eliminated through the use of drought tolerant plants and rainwater run-off.
Energy and Atmosphere
Energy cost savings calculated at 33% through increased thermal performance of the building envelope, superior lighting strategies and mechanical systems which ventilate based on demand.
The tight integration of the mechanical and steel frame structural systems reduces floor to floor height while increasing the efficiency of the mechanical systems.
An alternative refrigerant is used, reducing ozone depletion and global warming.
An enhanced commissioning process will ensure that the building systems perform as designed.
Advanced technology will measure the use of electrical, water and mechanical systems.
Materials and Resources
Recycle or salvage goal of 75% of construction and site clearing waste.
Building materials goal of 20% recycled content and 20% regionally produced.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Enhanced mechanical systems monitor CO2 levels and super filter the air.
Materials minimize outgassing with low VOC content and no added formaldehyde.
Maintenance and cleaning will use environmentally friendly products and procedures.
Window views can be achieved in 90% or more of tenant floor areas due to careful building massing.
A Building Operations Center (BOC) utilizing fiber optics and integrated design to conserve over 80% of copper cabling when compared to conventional construction. The BOC can provide energy reporting to each tenant, as well as coordinating energy usage, security and maintenance.
The design and construction process has been integrated to consider the environmental impacts of development decisions through the leadership of LEED accredited professionals