The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority or Metro has recently been awarded with the prestigious Energy Star rating by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for its head office building at One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles. A government-backed program, Energy Star helps businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.
In line with “green” head office building and spaces, C. W. Brown Inc headquarters in Armonk, New York, has also received another energy-efficiency designation — the LEED Platinum Certification from the USGBC. Principals of the company has recently unveiled its new office space, and celebrated for the prestigious designation.
Metro’s head office building’s Energy Star rating, according to company information, is a part of a larger endeavor to attain a LEED or Energy and Environmental Design certification from the USGBC or Green Building Council — EBOM or Existing Building Operations and Maintenance category.
Commercial buildings that earned an Energy Star rating consume about 35 percent less energy — on average, compared to typical buildings, which result to a 35 percent less carbon dioxide emission into the atmosphere.
Introduced by EPA in 1992, Energy Star is a deliberate effort to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions through energy efficiency.
Through the LEED-EBOM effort, Metro’s head office building performed retro-commissioning activities, completed energy efficiency assessments, installed sub-meters, as well as identifying further energy saving measures.
Other green initiatives integrated in the head office building include efficient lighting system that uses timers, occupancy sensors, and other measures to optimize overall energy systems.
According to Art Leahy, Metro’s Chief Executive officer, Metro should be sustainable from “bottom to top” — not just its head office building.