Two California facilities and their partners are justifiably crowing about their LEED-Platinum credentials. The $488-million California Academy of Science in San Francisco (pictured), designed by Renzo Piano, features not only a visionary design but well designed energy systems, including climate control and ventilation from D+H Mechatronic, based in Hamburg, Germany. In earning the LEED-Platinum designation, says D+ H, “The use of renewable energy through solar elements, the high potential for saving water and the use of recycled material were assessed alongside the approximately 34-percent savings in energy usage through natural ventilation systems, heat recovery and shade.”
Also in October, down in Century City, Watt Plaza announced that the twin 23-story office tower earned LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings Operating and Maintenance from the U.S. Green Building Council. Watt Plaza has the distinction of being one of four high-rise office buildings in the City of Los Angeles to achieve this premier distinction, one of 46 in the state of California and one of 110 nationwide. In addition to e-waste, battery, bulb and ballast recycling programs, its implementation of a waste program that diverts over 60% of all building waste to a materials recovery facility has reduced 1,258 tons of GHG (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) to date, equal to removing 838 passenger cars from the roadways for a year.