(San Francisco - February 04, 2009) The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Environmental Defense Fund its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for renovation of its leased 14,336 square-foot office in downtown San Francisco. The council has given this certification out to less than a dozen commercial interior office spaces in the city.
- Recycling 90 percent of the facility's generated waste (on an on-going basis);
- Reducing energy use and lighting costs by utilizing natural light throughout the space;
- Encouraging and enabling use of public transportation and mass transit options and providing facilities for bike storage and showering;
- Achieving high indoor air quality ratings during and after construction;
- Diverting more than 80 percent of on-site generated construction waste from landfills by sorting waste for reuse or recycling;
- Using recycled and regional content for materials, including recycled sheet rock, carpet and ceiling tiles;
- Using rapidly renewable materials and wood harvested from certified forests;
- Using 90 percent ENERGY STAR-rated appliances; and
- Purchasing renewable energy credits for green power to account for its electricity use.