The U.S. Green Building Council's headquarters expansion project provides one of the best examples of what can be accomplished when a team is engaged and a green strategy is in place at the early stages of design. The goals of the 4,000-sq.-ft. project were to create a green headquarters space that would showcase LEED-CI, serve as a learning space and give the USGBC's staff its first green workspace—all within a 30-day construction process from demolition to occupancy.
Early on, it was determined that the building's existing mechanical system would require extensive review to meet LEED-CI prerequisites and the unusually low floor-to-floor heights of eight feet, four inches would complicate the installation of ductwork, lighting, electrical and fire suppression systems. As a result, the team focused primarily on Materials and Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality rating system credits to meet certification goals. In the end, the USGBC project achieved Silver LEED certification for commercial interiors and was completed on time.
Project achieved Silver LEED certification