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Leading with LEED Platinum

May 19th, 2008

LEED.jpgIf you’ve been on our “Best of Portland” or “Epicurean Excursion” tours, then you’ve undoubtably discovered what the reality (and not the buzzword) of sustainability means to a Portlander. On the “Epicurean Excursion,” we venture in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, the first historic building in the U.S. to obtain Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Well, now the the Casey Condominiums in the Pearl District have joined the list of Portland firsts by being certified by the US Green Building Council at the highest ‘Platinum’ level of LEED. That makes that building the first high-rise condominium residence in the country to reach this highest standard of green building.

This building is Gerding Edlen-developed and GBD Architects-designed and is their third LEED platinum project, following the Gerding Theater (the nation’s first platinum historic renovation and performing arts center), and Oregon Health Science University’s Center for Health & Healing (the nation’s first and largest LEED platinum medical office building). Gerding Edlen also has 38 LEED projects in its portfolio, more than any other developer in the country.

casey.jpgThe Casey achieved all of the 55 LEED credits it applied for, exceeding the 52 required for platinum. The building incorporates reduced usage of fossil fuels; sustainable, regional, renewable and low-VOC materials; water-efficient fixtures and appliances; glazing to reduce glare and heat gain; an eco-roof for storm water management and to reduce the heat island effect; efficient mechanical equipment; a solar PV system to provide renewable energy to the building; and ERVs (Energy Recovery Ventilators) in each unit that recover exhausted (waste) heat and use it to preheat incoming fresh air. These features are expected to achieve a 52 percent energy savings over a code-compliant building.

The Casey is also one of three high-rises across the country participating in a pilot Energy Star for High Rise Multifamily Building rating system. Multifamily high-rise structures are a unique hybrid of residential and commercial, and currently have no clear methodology for establishing high performance under the Energy Star labeling program. The Energy Trust of Oregon, which is coordinating the pilot rating system on behalf of the EPA, is using the Casey to assist in the development of this new standard.

If you want to know more, join us daily as we reveal sustainability and livability.

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