November 8, 2010 | Lansing,Michigan
Christman HQ Becomes World’s First Triple Platinum LEED Certified Building
Free Owner Workshops to be Held
The Christman Company has announced it has been awarded LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED EB) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for The Christman Building, its national headquarters located in downtown Lansing, Michigan. LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the USGBC's third-party rating system for designing, constructing and operating the world's greenest, most energy efficient buildings, with Platinum level representing the highest rating. The building previously earned LEED Platinum certification in two other categories, Commercial Interiors (LEED CI) and Core and Shell (LEED CS), becoming in 2008 the world's first building to achieve "dual Platinum." This is now the world's first building project to achieve this "triple Platinum" distinction.
According to the USGBC, the LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED EB) rating system helps building owners and operators measure operations, improvements and maintenance on a consistent scale, with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts. LEED for Existing Buildings addresses whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues (including chemical use), waste stream management, exterior maintenance programs, and systems upgrades.
"Of the 29 buildings worldwide with LEED for Existing Buildings Platinum certification, only the Christman Building has achieved ‘triple Platinum' status," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. "Cutting-edge green buildings like the Christman Building are game-changers in the way they remind us day in and day out the importance of living sustainably. We are proud of the example they have set for others to follow."
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the ca.1929 building, formerly known as The Mutual Building and located across the street from Michigan's state Capitol, has become an iconic example of sustainable "green" historic building operating practices, often considered the highest form of sustainable design and construction due to its reuse of an existing structure. It was rehabilitated in 2008 by Christman. The many green features of the project include water use reduction, optimized energy performance, waste stream management, materials selection, a focus on daylighting, a healthy indoor environment, and offsetting 100 per cent of its carbon footprint.
The effort to achieve LEED for Existing Buildings was a year-long, team-based initiative by Christman staff to focus and fine-tune the company's green practices within the building, including energy and water consumption, technology use and implementation, purchase of consumable and durable goods, use of cleaning practices and products, managing indoor air quality and waste, and implementing innovation in building operations. Along the way, in June, 2010, the building also earned the prestigious Energy Star Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), placing it in the top 17% of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency, with 44 percent energy use reduction, 50 percent less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere and a current rating of 83, where 75 or above is required to become an Energy Star facility.
"Although being the first to achieve triple LEED Platinum is unquestionably a rewarding thrill for our company, it is in reality merely a by-product of our quest to provide the best possible tools and expertise to our customers in achieving their own green building and operations goals," said Steve Roznowski, LEED AP, Christman chief executive officer. "What better way to learn how to do that than by taking ourselves through the process, and experiencing it first-hand from an owner's perspective?" Roznowski notes that the LEED EB effort, which cost $22,000 to implement, will yield a total annual net savings of nearly $50,000 in addition to the environmental and other benefits experienced.
Christman has announced it will be providing one or more free Building Owners LEED Workshops in early 2011 to help demystify the process of going green, including an overview of LEED certification for buildings, a presentation of the steps followed in the greening of the Christman Building (including building tours), and an opportunity to ask questions and gain a greater knowledge base about sustainable construction and building operations. Interested building owners can pre-register to receive further information on-line at www.christmanco.com/workshop.
For more details, including a case study, LEED EB scorecard, LEED facts and more, visit The Christman Building project profile on-line.