The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that the total footprint of commercial projects certified under its LEED green building program surpassed two billion square feet. An additional seven billion square feet is currently in the pipeline across the globe as registered projects.
LEED, the most widely recognized and used green building program, is certifying two million square feet of commercial building space each day in more than 130 countries. Today, nearly 50,000 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising the nine billion square feet of construction space.
Shaw Contract Group carpet contributes to the LEED Green Building Rating System™ through use of recycled content, adherence to stringent indoor air quality standards, and innovation in design though Cradle to Cradle and NSF 140 certification. A few of the most notable projects that leverage Shaw Contract Group products include Aflac, CBRE, Bank of America, The Dali Museum and Steelcase.
Shaw Contract Group has been featured in many LEED-certified projects all over the world including Aflac, CBRE, Bank of America, The Dali Museum and Steelcase.
Inhabitat.com has shared the top six green skyscrapers in New York City. With sustainability becoming the standard for many building, it’s not hard to see why some of the tallest buildings have joined this movement.
The Bank of America Building (One Bryant Park), left, and the New York Times building both feature Shaw Contract Group flooring
The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park is the most sustainable building in New York City. As the first tower in the world to receive a LEED Platinum-certification, the building boasts a long list of sustainable feature including a system for rainwater catchment and reuse as well as an on-site 4.6 megawatt co-generation plant that provides clean energy for the building and reduces dependency on the NYC grid.
While it may not be LEED certified, the New York Times building still features many sustainable and energy-efficient technologies including a curtain wall glazed with low-e glass (to help maximize natural light, but minimize harsh [and hot] sunlight). In addition, more than 95 percent of the structural steel is recycled.
Other sustainable NYC skyscrapers include the LEED certified Empire State Building and Hearst Tower as well as the Condé Nast building and the not yet complete One World Trade Center.