Thursday, September 06, 2012

HERMITAGE, Pa. — On Sept. 13,  the Green Building Alliance will join the city of Hermitage and HHSDR Architects/Engineers to celebrate the first LEED-certified office building in Mercer County. The eCenter at LindenPointe buiding has achieved a LEED Silver rating and is the the first LEED-rated office building in the county.

LEED is the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The eCenter was designed by HHSDR Architects/Engineers with contibution from the Green Building Alliance of Pittsburgh to achieve the certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating other sustainable strategies, says Leslie Montgomery, spokeswoman for the Green Building Alliance.

Certification of the eCenter was based on green design and construction features that benefit the project itself and the broader community. Among them:

  • A training and education component on sustainable methods for designers, construction contractors, tradesmen and high school students.
  • Efficient site design to maximize open space.
  • Raingarden and water-efficient landscaping to control stormwater runoff.
  • A geothermal heating/ventilating/air conditioning system.
  • Reflective roof system with reduced heat island effect.
  • Maximum use of daylight to illuminate the interior.
  • Optimal energy cost savings of 22%.
  • 33% of materials came from the region.
  • 38% of construction materials are recycled content.
  • 91% of construction waste was not sent to landfills.

The public is invited to join the celebration set for 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the eCenter on Innovation Way. The cost is $10 per person, $5 for members of Green Building Alliance.

Admission is free to all students and members of partner organizations. CLICK HERE to register. For more information, call 412 431 0709.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

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