Pacific Guardian Center (PGC) has been awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Silver Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
"Pacific Guardian Center is pleased to accept USGBC's LEED Silver Certification in recognition of our sustainability efforts." said PGC Asset Manager, H. Brian Moore, Senior Vice President, Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship, while also lowering operating costs for our valued tenants."
Lisa D’Andrea, General Manager for PM Realty Group who manages the property, also recognized the contribution of Hawaiian Building Maintenance and the entire PGC "Green Team" in the successful pursuit of LEED Certification. "This achievement would not have been possible without their hard work and dedication to making this happen."
LEED-EBOM identifies and rewards current best practices and provides an outline for buildings to use less energy, water and natural resources; and improve the indoor environment. Pacific Guardian Center implemented many “green” actions to achieve Silver Certification, including:
Water efficiency measureswhich are estimated to reduce water consumption by 1,090,000 gallons annually and lower operating costs.
100% recycling of PGC's electronicequipment solid waste from the local landfill and a 26% overall recycling rate as part of a comprehensive waste management program. Recycling has significantly reduced PGC's refuse collection costs and is a key sustainability measure.
30% reduction in conventionalcommuting via tenants using alternative forms of transportation such as carpooling, riding theBus, using bicycles and walking to work. The result: less traffic, more available parking at PGC, lower carbon emissions, healthier lifestyles, and better working environment.
More than 70% of all work spacescontain individual lighting controls adjustable to suit tasks needs, and direct line of sight to exterior views. Controlled lighting reduces eye strain, and exterior views provides occupants with natural light, a connection to the outdoors and can contribute to increased productivity and reduced absenteeism.
"Pacific Guardian Center's LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership. The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Pacific Guardian Center serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish."
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For more information about LEED Silver Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.usgbc.org