Monday, December 19, 2011

Google Pittsburgh Earns LEED Gold Building Certification!


Located in the former Nabisco Building on Penn Avenue since 2010, Google’s Pittsburgh headquarters has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for Interior Design and Construction.
The United States Green Building Council developed the LEED program to award buildings across various project types using a series of assessment categories such as Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.
The award for Google Pittsburgh, the design of which was led by Strada, should not surprise those who are familiar with Google’s workplace philosophies. The company is known for prioritizing sustainability as well as employee comfort and health, and Strada was able to incorporate this into the design of the office.
Abundant natural light flooded the building before the renovation, so interior partitions and lighting were designed to maximize this asset. Sections of workstations enjoy separate mechanical and electrical controls so that people can control temperature and light based on their own microclimates, thus saving energy. Material-wise, the design team specified a range of products with recycled content, such as structural steel, carpeting, ceramic tile, and solid surface countertops. Day-to-day recycling for Google employees was planned to be simple and centralized in order to further reduce the material footprint of the office.

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