The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the agency that oversees the certification of LEED projects nationwide, recently announced its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED. The competition was so close that they also released the next five ranking states to recognize the significant strides that have been made in these local markets. Find the entire article here.
Washington State came in at 11th place among all states, and the projects cited included The Perry Center for Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences, owned by the State of Washington, operated by Bellingham Technical College and designed by HKP Architects of Mount Vernon, Washington.
The project was certified LEED Silver in 2016 and includes daylighting control, natural ventilation strategies, 98% landfill diversion, local and natural materials, and 12% recycled content materials.
In addition, the design team worked to include study options for future Net Zero Energy through Micro-hydro power production and Solar Photovoltaic Array, Net Zero Water through Composting Toilets, On-site waste treatment, rainwater collection for irrigation and plumbing, implementation of an Urban Agriculture/Orchard and
responsible industry & appropriate sourcing.
“We are excited to see BTC’s Perry Center recognized for its contribution to the LEED green building movement, as it not only serves as a model for building, but the program housed within also teaches students environmental stewardship and responsibility”, said Julie Blazek, Partner-in-Charge of the project from HKP Architects.
HKP architects is a full-service award winning architectural design firm with offices in Mount Vernon and Seattle, Washington, serving public and private clients throughout Washington State since 1952.
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