WASHINGTON, DC - Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., announced today that The Westory, owned by Deka Immobilien, has become DC’s first multi-tenant office building to receive LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M) Gold recertification. The 273,111 square foot office building, located at 607 14th Street, NW, had previously received LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Silver certification in June 2010.
This certification is the most recent addition to the building’s achievements as a leader within the DC commercial real estate market, which date back to the development of its original 1908 Beaux Art exterior. As a historically significant building, The Westory has been submitted for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
“LEED recertification is still new territory for the real estate community, with just 3 recertified projects in the District and only 11 in the U.S.,” commented Evan Tyroler, Vice President of Sustainability Services with Cassidy Turley. “The aggressive energy management program that was implemented during the initial certification has been incorporated into The Westory’s standard operating procedures and has resulted in significant energy savings. This energy management program, in combination with comprehensive tracking programs, allowed for the ongoing sustainable operation of the building and its achievement of the first LEED recertification for a multi-tenant building in Washington, DC,” he continued.
Cassidy Turley’s Sustainability Services team handled the day-to-day project management required to achieve the certification for both the initial LEED Silver certification and the most recent LEED EB Gold certification. The on-site Cassidy Turley Property Management team ensured that the sustainable features, upgrades and improvements initiated during the first LEED process were not only ongoing, but enhanced, resulting in continual building performance improvements. Most significantly, compared to 2009, the building has reduced energy consumption by over 20 percent. This reduction led to an increase in the ENERGY STAR score and the achievement of ENERGY STAR certification for two consecutive years, with the most recent certification receiving a score of 86.
“The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Deka Immobilien demonstrates their leadership through their LEED recertification of The Westory.”
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 www.usgbc.org.
About Cassidy Turley
Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,600 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 $22 billion in 2011, manages 455 million square feet on behalf of institutional, corporate and private clients and supports more than 28,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and tenants 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. Cassidy Turley enhances its global service delivery outside of North America through a partnership with GVA, giving clients access to commercial real estate professionals in 65 international markets. Please visit www.cassidyturley.com for more information about Cassidy Turley.