NYC office earns LEED Gold
Arupís New York office has earned LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.
The LEED rating system is the most widely used standard in the United States for recognizing sustainable design in buildings and communities. Gold is the second-highest level obtainable.
We were involved in all aspects of the design of our 100,000ft2 Lower Manhattan office, which consists of four floors connected by an internal stairway. Construction was completed in January 2012.
Our balanced approach to sustainable design focused on energy efficiency, alternative transportation, and indoor environmental quality. Extensive use of LED lighting and daylighting cut energy consumption significantly, and purchases of green power further offset use of fossil fuels. Forty bicycle racks and lockers (most of which are utilized on a typical business day) were installed to provide employees with transportation options. For water efficiency, we used low-flow toilets and energy-efficient faucets.
To provide a healthy work environment, the design included access to windows providing daylight and views, low-emitting materials, and the use of green cleaning products. We worked with the building management to implement a green housekeeping program.
We also received credit for responsible materials procurement. Much of the furniture in the office contains recycled content, and accents such as a timber wall in the reception area have been repurposed from local sources Ė in this case, the Coney Island boardwalk.
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