The Offices @McHenry Row Awarded Prestigious
LEED® Green Building Certification
March 2011, (Baltimore, Maryland) — The Offices @McHenry Row announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
“As one of only four office buildings in Baltimore with Gold certification, the Offices @McHenry Row has set the standard for green office development,” said Mark Sapperstein, developer of McHenry Row. “The building features high-energy efficiencies, healthy air quality standards and environmentally-friendly building materials,”
McHenry Row achieved Gold LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
“McHenry Row’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership. While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like McHenry Row are addressing it through local solutions,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, U.S. Green Building Council. “The work of innovative building projects such as McHenry Row is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”
What is LEED?
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000, the LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees.
What does LEED Measure?
LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in key areas:
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation in Design
What LEED Delivers
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
LEED-certified buildings can achieve four levels of certification:
An organization’s participation in the voluntary and technically rigorous LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.