NPCA LEED Gold Certification Fact Sheet

Last Updated: May 16, 2011

NPCA is in the process of obtaining Gold Level LEED certification! This requires 60-79 points out of a maximum of 110 (2nd highest possible to achieve) and falls under the Commercial Interior category.

What is LEED?

  • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
  • Internationally recognized green building certification system,  providing third-party verification.
  • Aimed at improving performance of:
    • Energy savings
    • Water efficiency
    • CO2 emissions reduction
    • Indoor environmental quality (e.g. air)
  • Stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Why LEED?

  • Perfect opportunity as NPCA transitioned to its new headquarters office space
  • Aligns with NPCA’s mission and our existing work to help the National Park Service become Climate Friendly (http://www.nps.gov/climatefriendlyparks/)
  • A recently conducted internal Green Team project recommended LEED certification to help improve our carbon footprint
  • Encouraged in NPCA’s most recent strategic plan

Points/Credits Obtained

Sustainable Sites

  1. Development density and community connectivity (6)
  2. Immediate access to public transportation (6)
  3. Bicycle storage and changing rooms (2)

Water Efficiency

  1. Reduced water usage by 35% (8)
  2. Installed:
    1. Low-flow fixtures
    2. Waterless urinals

Energy & Atmosphere

  1. Reduced LPD by 25% below standard (3)
  2. HVAC System has optimized energy performance (5)
  3. Using Carbon Solutions Group to offset 100% of our electric power for the next 2 years! (6)

Materials & Resources

  1. Diverting 75% of our construction waste away from landfills! (2)
  2. Long-term commitment lease (1)
  3. 20% of materials manufactured regionally (1)
  4. 20% of material content is recycled (2)

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Low/No VOC Emitting Materials (4):
    • Adhesives & Sealants
    • Paints & Coatings
    • Composite Wood & Agri-fiber Products
    • Systems Furniture & Seating

Innovation & Design Process

  • Innovation in Design (6):
    • Green Education
    • Low mercury lights & light replacement
    • Sound-masking techniques
    • LEED accredited professional

 

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