Washington, DC – Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., announced today that 500 New Jersey Avenue, NW has been awarded LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M) Gold certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The 92,469 square foot Class A office building is owned by the National Association of Realtors® and is located in the Capitol Hill submarket of Washington, DC. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“When this iconic building was constructed, it was the District’s first privately owned building to achieve LEED for New Construction Silver certification,” commented Evan Tyroler, Vice President of Sustainability Services with Cassidy Turley. “By achieving LEED for Existing Buildings certification, the National Association of Realtors® and Cassidy Turley have demonstrated that the building was not only built with sustainable features in mind, but is also operating under the same high standards. We could not have reached this significant milestone without the hard work and dedication of the tenants and onsite Cassidy Turley management and engineering teams,” he continued.
“As the best resource for all things real estate, Realtors® recognize the importance of green buildings and what the LEED® Gold Certification represents,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “Realtors® help build communities and care deeply about improving those communities. Green building practices and energy efficiency initiatives are one way to do that, and we are tremendously proud of our DC building and to call 500 New Jersey Avenue our Washington, DC, home.”
LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M certification was achieved through the implementation of various sustainable strategies including energy and water efficiency as well as an enhanced recycling and waste diversion program. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for businesses and taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for employees, residents and the larger community.
“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The 500 New Jersey Avenue project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”
Cassidy Turley’s Sustainability Services handled the day-to-day project management required to achieve the certification. LEED Gold certification of the building was based on modifications to the operations and maintenance procedures that positively impacted the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
- Earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection
- Collected and reused storm water to irrigate the building’s plaza landscaping
- Diverted 100 percent of the durable goods in the building’s waste stream from ending up in landfills or incinerators
- Offset 100 percent of the buildings electricity usage with renewable energy credits since initial construction
- Maintain 70 percent of occupants who commute to work using methods other than driving alone, further demonstrating the tenants’ commitment to sustainability
About U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 32,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 9.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation. For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org/.
About the National Association of Realtors®
The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million Realtors® involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Only Realtors® are members of the National Association of Realtors®. Information about NAR is available at http://www.realtor.org/.
About Cassidy Turley
Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,400 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. The company represents a wide range of clients—from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from local non-profits to major institutions. The firm completed transactions valued at $18 billion in 2010, manages 455 million square feet on behalf of private, institutional and corporate clients and supports more than 25,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and occupiers with a full spectrum of integrated commercial real estate services—including capital markets, tenant representation, corporate services, project leasing, property management, project and development services, and research and consulting. In 2010, the firm enhanced its global service delivery outside of North America through its partnership with GVA. Please visit www.cassidyturley.com for more information about Cassidy Turley.