— The offices of a nonprofit initiative that helps increase green building awareness have been awarded the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Platinum certification in Tennessee
, according to the Chattanoogan
According to the story, the offices of the green|spaces
initiative were completely renovated to include sustainable features like repurposed demolition materials, geothermal heating and a focus on daylighting.
Co-director Anj McClain said: "green|spaces was formed to address the lack of green building awareness in Chattanooga
and the surrounding region. In the past year and a half, we have helped five Chattanooga
buildings achieve LEED certification, with 22 more currently in the process. So, we wanted our own offices to be a model of what it is truly possible to achieve."
The storefront of the 100-year-old building was designed to include a light shelf to bounce light deep into the building, resulting in very little — if any — electric light needed during daylight hours, the story stated.
Captured rainwater and low-flow and optical sensors are part of a water-saving effort that uses 81.4 percent less water than a traditional building, the story added.