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Overview

  • First building in Philadelphia to earn Gold Certification for LEED Existing Buildings
  • One of only three existing office buildings in Pennsylvania to earn LEED Gold
  • Energy Star label awarded in 2010 and 2012 with a current rating of 93

Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency

  • Double-insulated Thermopane windows
  • Estimated $165,000+ annual electric usage savings
  • HVAC fan distribution system upgraded with energy-efficient variable frequency drives (VFDs)
    • $138,000 annual electric energy savings 
  • Converting existing lighting to energy-efficient lighting, to reduce energy consumption and spent-bulb generation
    • $16,000 annual electric usage savings in mechanical rooms alone
  • Obsolescent domestic water pumps and controls replaced with new, efficient VFD controlled pump system with a 35% reduction in energy usage
    • Anticipated $15,500 annual electric usage savings
  • Automatic lighting sensors in restrooms and mechanical rooms.  Sensors are now building standard
  • Continuous monitoring and load-matching of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Spring-loaded pressure reducing steam valves, for added control and demand reduction
  • Installed CO2 sensors on our return air to enhance performance and efficiency based on air requirements

Recycling

  • Single stream co-mingled recycling program, for 100 percent recovery of recycled materials
    • 85 percent of total nightly waste diverted to recycling streams
    • 1,500 lbs. of paper and 300 lbs. of cardboard diverted nightly
  • Enhanced program includes recycling of all building light bulbs, batteries, and computer equipment
    • Newly implemented quarterly program invites building occupants to bring in and recycle light bulbs, batteries and computer equipment
  • Ongoing renovation program to divert construction and demolition waste from disposal to landfills and incineration facilities
    • Renovations diverted 95 percent of materials (36,000 lbs.) to recycling stream

Water conservation

  • Oversized water meters replaced or reduced
  • Ultraviolet, 100 percent chemical-free water treatment program for cooling towers
  • Restrooms equipped with low-flow faucets and flush valves
  • Xeriscape™ planting/ landscape management principles, including use of indigenous perennial plants

GREEN CLEAN/PRODUCTS

  • Non-oil-based paint products ( Latex and water-based polyurethanes)
  • Green Seal™ certified cleaning products
  • Touch-free foam soap and hand-sanitizer dispensers
  • Recycled-content toilet tissue (25 percent) and hand towels (60 percent)
  • Recycled-content trash bags



 
 
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