This building joins a list of high performing County buildings, operating expenses projected well below industry standards, saving utility expenses for years to come. LEED Certification at the Basic or, perhaps Silver level is anticipated, by the United States Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance sustainable buildings. Johnson County currently has six LEED buildings, including one with a top Platinum rating and five Gold facilities.
Sustainability features include:
- The building uses 15 percent less energy than a standard office building of its size.
- The bathrooms and break room use 30 percent less water than a standard office building of its size.
- More than 92 percent of the walls, roof, and structure in the building were maintained in the project, diverting significant amounts of waste from landfills.
- More than 95 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills by recycling.
- More than 30 percent of new materials used contain recycled content.
- Wood products used came from certified sustainably managed forests.
- Adhesives, paints, carpet, and composite wood materials are low Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs.
- New rooftop skylights, or monitors, bring daylight into the middle of the open offices.