The Cincinnati Region of the American Red Cross is proud to announce that the Headquarters/Disaster Operations Center located on Dana Avenue is officially Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified! The LEED Rating System was designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings.
The report is organized into five environmental categories as defined by LEED including: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation and Design Process, and Administrative Inquiries. The environmental categories are subdivided into the established LEED credits, which are based on desired performance goals within each category. An assessment of whether the credit is earned or denied is made and a narrative describes the basis for the assessment. The official LEED scores go as follows: Certified: 26-32 Silver Rating: 33-38 Gold Rating: 39-51 Platinum Rating: 52+.
When the Cincinnati Red Cross began the process of a new Headquarters/Disaster Operation Center, “going green” was a top priority. The design of the building illustrates an environmentally friendly and energy efficient perspective. Key aspects of the green building elements include:
- High Efficiency Insulation
- High Efficiency Water Source Heat Pump System with energy recovery
- White Reflective “Cool” Roof
- Low “E”, High Efficiency Glazing
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
- Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation