The American Express office at 100 First Stamford Place was just awarded LEED Silver® certification for Interior Design + Construction in USGBC’s Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design Rating System-V3.
The process required to earn a LEED® certification includes documenting success in various environmental goals in the six categories of Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design.
Lighting: The project demonstrated Exemplary Performance by achieving over a 40% lighting power reduction below the ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 LEED® requirement. This high level of efficiency was achieved through a combination of LED fixtures and lighting layout. Occupancy sensors were also installed, further reducing energy bills and helping to protect the environment by reducing the production of energy.
Green Power: By purchasing Renewable Energy Credits in the amount of 256 Mega Watt Hours, the equivalent of two years of electricity usage, the office is able to offset it’s own overall electricity use and support the generation of renewable energy.
Low Toxicity Materials: The office has met LEED® standards for Adhesive, Sealants, Paints, Coatings, Floor Materials, Furniture and Seating. Meeting these standards helped reduce the release of VOCs and other hazardous particles into the office space.
Air Quality: A Construction Indoor Air Quality management plan was implemented to ensure that construction activities did not compromise the air quality for workers, occupants in other parts of the building, or the eventual users of this office.
Enhanced Commissioning: The project performed both fundamental and enhanced commissioning for the office space, ensuring that energy consuming systems (mainly lighting) perform in accordance with the owner’s requirements for energy efficiency. Additional energy savings is expected through the use of Energy Star office equipment and appliances.
Green Cleaning: A green cleaning plan has been implemented to reduce the exposure of employees, visitors, and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological, and particle contamination. This helps maintain better air quality and occupant health while helping to protect building finishes, building systems, and the environment
Recycling: In addition to providing convenient recycling opportunities for occupants throughout the office, a Construction Waste Management Plan was implemented which diverted 89% of construction waste from landfills by redirecting it to recycling facilities. Additionally, over 15% of the materials used to complete the renovated space contained recycled content, which reduced the demand for virgin material use and solid waste volumes.
Project Team: METHOD Architects, AMA Consulting Engineers, Lighting Workshop, VIDARIS, Hunter Roberts Construction Group