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CSDA Receives LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors

CSDA’s San Francisco office, located on the 8th floor of the 475 Sansome Street building, has received LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors (LEED CI v2009) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

CSDA’s commitment to sustainable design and LEED Certification began early in the Concept Design Phase with an evaluation of the six categories of LEED points. The LEED Certification process was integrated into all phases of design, construction, and project closeout; and closely coordinated with the engineering consultants, the general contractor, and the building management.

A total of 64 points were submitted to USGBC for review and 64 points were approved. Credit highlights are as follows:

Sustainable Sites (19 points): The project is located in a LEED Gold building, is close to community services and residential districts, and is served by multiple forms of public transportation.

Water Use Reduction (8 points): The project reduced the potable water use by 37.11% from baseline design through the use of high-efficiency water closets, low-consumption urinals, low-flow kitchen sink faucet, and low-flow lavatory faucets.

Energy & Atmosphere (20 points): The project achieved a 47.11% reduction in connected lighting power density (from that allowed by Title 24), installed occupancy sensors on 98.37% of light fixtures, included 100% Energy Star-rated equipment and appliances, provided enhanced commissioning of mechanical systems, and purchased Green-e renewable power.

Materials & Resources (4 points): The project diverted 80.11% of the on-site construction waste from landfill and 29.96% of the total building materials were manufactured using recycled materials.

Indoor Environmental Quality (6 points): The project used low-emitting materials, adhesives, paints, flooring, and furniture systems; and provided 100% of multi-occupant spaces with individual lighting controls.

Innovation in Design (5 points): The project was deemed exemplary in providing 100% Energy Star-rated equipment, in achieving the 47.11 % lighting power density reduction, and achieving an average mercury content for lamps of 52.8 picograms per lumen hour.

Regional Priority (2 Points): The project optimized the energy performance of lighting power and the recycling of construction waste.

By achieving LEED Gold Certification, CSDA’s San Francisco office is now a healthier and more stimulating work environment with a modern design and reduced environmental footprint, which is less costly to operate and maintain.

Visit the USGBC website to read more.