Officially Green: The building attained LEED Platinum certification!
The Porter School of Environmental Studies Building has now received LEED Platinum certification – the highest accreditation of the LEED certification system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The project received 92 points out of the 93 points that the planners sought to reach, and of the maximum score of 110. This score places the building among the leading green buildings worldwide (so far only 17 buildings in the world scored over 90 points!). The detailed scoring of the building can be seen on the LEED website or in the following document.
LEED (which stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design") is one of the main rating systems for green building, and among the most widely recognized and respected in the world. A high rating constitutes an official, independent certification that environmental considerations were given the highest priority in the building's planning and construction processes.
The LEED certification is based on a 100-point rating, with a 10-point bonus for innovation or regional significance of the project. Platinum, which is the highest rating, is achieved by reaching over 80 points.
Congratulations to the building's architectural team: Axelrod Grobman Architects (Irit Axelrod & Yasha Grobman), Geotectura (Joseph Cory), Chen Architects (Nili & Nir Chen) and Braudo-Maoz Landscape Architecture (Alisa Braudo, Ruth Maoz), as well as the many partners and consultants involved in the project, that contributed to this achievement.