27 Apr '11, 3pm

LEED Briefing: TD Bank, PetSmart, NextEra, KFC

Michigan-based medical research firm the Van Andel Institute has been awarded LEED Platinum for new construction, for its 240,000 square foot Phase II building. Features of the eight-story, $178 million facility, designed by renowned firm Rafael Vinoly Architects, include photovoltaic panels, a heat recovery system, 27,000-gallon rainwater storage tanks, low-flow fixtures that reduce water usage by 41 percent, the diversion of 79 percent of construction waste from the landfill, and CO2 sensors that detect the presence of people and automatically adjust room ventilation rates.

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/04/27/leed-briefi...

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