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Green Buildings Financially Crush and Outperform Non-Green Buildings!!

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Flat out, this news is big!  CoStar just released details of their study of LEED and Energy Star buildings, and I have to say, I was surprised by the numbers.  They analyzed roughly 1,300 LEED and Energy Star buildings representing 351 million square feet of commercial buildings.  The green buildings were compared with non-green properties of similar size, location, class, tenancy, and year built characteristics to extrapolate the economic case for green buildings.  The result:

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First LEED Certified MLB Stadium [Nationals]

Washington Nationals

HOK and Devrouax +Purnell teamed up to design what could be the first LEED certified Major League Baseball stadium around.*  As the new home of the Washington Nationals, the stadium has a slew of green features such as high-efficiency field lighting, a 6300 sf green roof, state-of-the-art wastewater system that uses sand filters, and an in-house recycling center.  Originally, architects estimated an extra cost of $10-20 million for certification, but it ended up being only $2 million.  Plus, the up-front costs are expected to be returned in lower operating costs.  For a frame of reference, though, the owners agreed to spend $611 million for the stadium. 

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Pasadena EcoHouse, First LEED Platinum SCIPs House?

Pasadena Ecohouse

The Pasadena EcoHouse wants to be the first LEED Platinum home in the US to be made with Structural Concrete Insulated Panels ("SCIP").  The home was designed by Studio-RMA and will use SCIPs because they are strong, flexible, efficient, and non-toxic, if made with the right materials.  Of note, the home’s construction will be produced for TV to showcase accelerated construction on a budget in an environmentally friendly manner. 



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