Friday, January 20, 2012

Granero Office Building is Kitsap County’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

January 20, 2012, (Bainbridge Island, WA) – Bainbridge Island development firm, Asani, along with PHC Construction and Coates DesignArchitects announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Gold Certification for their joint renovation project of the Granero Office Building, which houses their offices.  This light-filled office building was once a municipal storage shed built in the 1950s. Its transformation from an eyesore to a superior office environment demonstrates the effectiveness of the Asani/PHC/Coates Design collaboration and their commitment to sustainability.  Featuring natural light and a community feel, the former truck maintenance and storage facility is designed and built to LEED Gold standards.  The building was completed in 2009 and is Kitsap County’s first LEED Gold certified office building.
  “We are delighted that we were able to participate in the strategic direction, construction, and now the occupancy of this impressive commercial space. Our people really enjoy the open airy feel and collaborative work environment that was created here,” said Marty Sievertson, Owner and President of PHC Construction.

The Granero Office Building achieved LEED certification for reduced energy use, exterior lighting shades to reduce light pollution, extremely low-flow water fixtures and over 50% recycled construction material; as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies including its close proximity to the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal and bus routes offering alternative commuting options, and zero landscaping irrigation through planting of native, drought-resistant plants.  By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most-important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED certification of the Granero Office Building was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the building itself and the broader community. These features include:
·       Close proximity to the Bainbridge Island ferry and bus routes for alternative commuting options.
·       All exterior lights have shades to decrease light-pollution.
·       All interior lights are on timers or occupancy sensors.
·       No landscaping irrigation, all species are native and drought tolerant.
·       Extremely low-flow water fixtures, including waterless urinals and dual flush toilets.
·       Green power purchased for the building offsets energy usage 100% for two years.
·       Over 50% of the building was reused – the building was originally an old metal shed barn.
·       FSC wood used for the majority of the framing.
·       Achieved above with a 95% recycling rate on all construction debris
·       More than 20% of the construction materials were locally and regionally extracted and manufactured.
·       All paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants are Low or No VOC
·       All composite wood is Urea-formaldehyde free
·       Daylight is in 75% of the spaces
·       There are exterior views from 90% of the seated spaces in the office.

Asani Development
Asani Development is a Bainbridge Island based development and property investment company focused on sustainable developments that enhance communities. Other projects include Vineyard Lane, Island Gateway, and the exciting new Grow Community.

Coates Design Architects
Coates Design Architects focuses on environmentally responsible architecture through striking regenerative design and education.

PHC Construction
PHC Construction is an owner-managed construction company on Bainbridge Island and has built a number of exceptional projects that strengthen communities and contribute to sustainable development.

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