An energy company with headquarters in Spokane, Washington — achieved LEED Gold certification for its headquarters building. Avista, the energy company, which focused on the distribution, generation, and transmission of energy as well as other energy-related businesses, received the LEED Gold certificate form the U.S Green Building Council. On other hand, for the hospitality industry, the InterContinental hotel in San Francisco, a luxurious hotel received an LEED Gold certificate for existing building.
According to company information, the renovation of its headquarters building include a total upgrade of its HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), which aims to reduce energy use and sustainability.
The 5-year upgrade project on the company’s five-story signature headquarters building also include upgrades like replacing ceilings the building’s ceiling, asbestos removal, system upgrades like installing energy efficient windows and lighting.
According to the president of Avista Utilities, Dennis Vermillion said, the company’s recent achievement it’s a continuation of its sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship, including Avista’s focus on reducing its energy consumption.
The headquarters building’s existing energy feature, which is said to contribute to achieve the LEEd Gold certification, is the 1958-system HVAC system that uses well-water for heating and cooling the entire building.
Mr. Vermillion also said the company’s energy savings from the headquarters building’s, according to the company info, will be used to renovate the remaining four floors of the building.
A building company, Spokane Design Build constructed the renovation on the headquarters building, and consulted on the LEED certification standard from the USGBC.
About 50 percent of the construction wastes from the renovation of Avista’s headquarters building were recycled and processed into its Investment Recovery Center.