In our previous post, we took a look at the new HealthNet Community Medical Center, a SustainIndy “green” public works project, and some of the advanced technologies used to create this environmentally-friendly public facility. Next, we’ll look at an even more aggressively environment-friendly project, the new “green” headquarters for the Indiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy in downtown Indianapolis.
SustainIndy Building Project: The Nature Conservancy – “LEEDing” the Way to a Greener Future
In another project, The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter is building the Efroymson Conservation Center, a new ‘green’ headquarters building in downtown Indianapolis. They are seeking LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. The building is designed to become the first platinum level LEED certified office building in Indiana.
“LEED” means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a Green Building Rating System™ developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
To qualify for platinum LEED certification, a building must score a minimum 52 out of a possible 56 points, in six separate categories:
- Sustainable sites
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials and resources
- Indoor environmental quality
- Innovation and design process
(Click links below to download PDF factsheets; links open in new windows)
- Energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems
- Geothermal heating and cooling that uses the natural heat-storing capacity of the earth to heat or cool water depending on the time of year.
- Beautiful, street-level landscaping consisting of native trees and plants best adapted to our Indiana environment
- Sustainable and recycled features, such as low water-flow toilets that use recycled waste water and rainwater
- Stormwater management, including permeable parking surfaces to eliminate storm water run-off.
For more information, download the Efroymson Conservation Center Certification factsheet. (PDF opens in new window)
We here at Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning want to offer our congratulations to The Nature Conservancy for helping to make Indianapolis a great place to live, now and in the future.
For information about how you can get involved by making your home more environmentally-friendly, call Thiele at (317) 639-1111, or visit www.CallThiele.com.