This week: An award along with validation

The Terry Thomas has been selected as one of the Top Ten sustainable architecture projects in the country by AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE)! This national program showcases projects that are “ the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology”. We couldn’t be prouder to be selected for an award that looks at building performance as well as aesthetics.

The COTE award comes on the heels of receiving the LEED-CI Platinum Certification for our offices — whooo hooo! We also just received our first look at post-occupancy energy evaluations. Let’s look at a few of those numbers:

Between June 2008 and April 2009, our office space and associated common area used just over 40 kbtu/sf; in comparison, a typical office building uses about 80kbtu/sf. This includes all our electricity and natural gas usage in 18,000sf of office space plus our pro-rata share of the common areas and parking levels. Projecting our baseline usage over the remaining unleased office space in the building (any takers out there??) shows us on track to meet or beat this number through June (the official end of our first year numbers). Given that our energy modeling projected a modest 30% savings, we are thrilled!

It looks like the balancing game of using lots of glass for natural daylighting to reduce electrical lighting loads and adding operable windows and louvers to eliminate air conditioning has paid off. Check back this summer for a more detailed look at the first year numbers.

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