A public property in Minneapolis has acquired a platinum LEED certification, the highest so far, for its materials made of recycled stuff and unique design that enables the city to achieve greater efficiency in power saving, not to mention the eco-friendliness of it.
Located in 26th Street and Hiawatha Avenue S., the $10.5 million public property is first in the facilities all throughout Minneapolis complex to be awarded with a LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, and highest at that. The other public property with the same recognition lies in the heart of Minnesota.
For the record, Minnesota already garnered seven LEED- platinum certifications, two of which are for residential homes, three for business establishments and another two for school buildings.
The public property is made up of materials salvaged from the rubble; asphalt, bricks, concrete, steel and beams all from demolished buildings, and scrap steel fences from the decades-old Lowry Avenue Bridge.
Aside from recycled materials, the public property utilizes the soil for both its heating and cooling systems while the sun serves as light source. The soil in particular gives justice to the benefits of geothermal energy, the sun penetrating the insulated windows. When rain pours down, heavy or light, the landscape design won’t allow the water to escape, but instead diverts it into vegetation use.
Many years ago, 18 establishments stood in the same spot the public property lies right now, allowing for greater efficiency consolidation across the city.
Since the public property was built with the original intention to achieve energy efficiency, it partly becomes more efficient, commented Council Member Sandra Colvin Roy, chairperson of public works panel.
Paul Miller, project manager in Minneapolis, lauded the public property, saying its more than 60 percent cost saving features benefit the public more than its life does, even much more compared with most conventional buildings designed only to meet standard building codes.