Two MarketPointe is designed to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold level standards for certification.
LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED focuses on performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The design-build team approached Two MarketPointe’s LEED process by creating a strategy to meet certification that aligned with the overall goals for the project and made design decisions accordingly. The team also designed Two MarketPointe to help tenants achieve LEED-CI certification if they so desire. The five project goals are:
Improve the experience of employees
- Floor-to-ceiling windows provide better views and increased daylight
- Individual control over air flow
- On-site fitness center and locker rooms promote bicycle commuting
Reduce energy and water use
- Under floor air delivery system generates major energy savings
- Cooling energy can be reduced up to 20%
- Electricity costs can be reduced by up to 10%
- Indirect lighting strategies provide a higher light level with less energy and heat, reducing air-conditioning usage.
- Daylighting strategies can be incorporated to further reduce energy usage.
- Water use will be reduced by 39% through efficient fixtures and landscaping strategies.
- Overall, energy efficiency will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to save tenants 10-25% on operating expenses.
Ensure high indoor air quality
- UFAD reduces mixing of airborne pollutants
- Environmentally sensitive paints, carpets, adhesives and other finishes improve indoor air quality
Reduce material use
- Sustainable walls and raised floor system reduces the amount of waste created by traditional construction
- Plug-and-play infrastructure dramatically reduces the amount of wiring and cabling
- Durable finishes have been used throughout Two MarketPointe to reduce wear and replacement
- Best practice construction management will generate 50% less waste
Use materials with recycled and recyclable content
- Extensive use of recycled-content materials or materials that can be recycled
- Workspaces can be moved and reused easily without waste