There is only one thing you need to know for this post, and that is the definition of LEED certified.
“LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.” (8)
So, basically a building that is great for the environment and usually saves you money too!
Enjoy the photos!
Bank of America Tower
Manhattan, New York
LEED Certified – Platinum
The first LEED Platinum skyscraper. The building features many energy enhancements, but its onsite 4.6-megawatt cogeneration plant is the main attraction. The system provides a clean and efficient power source for the building’s energy requirements, significantly reducing its reliance on the NYC grid. (1)
BMW – Welt
This gorgeous showroom featuires, solar rooftops, steel panels on the rooftop that heat the building via solar gain. This saves the building 30% in energy costs. It also has a natural ventilation system. Ok, and this one actually is not LEED certified, but it was too sweet not to put on this list.(2)
William J Clinton Presidential Library
Little Rock, Arkansas
LEED Certified – EB Platinum
This library was the first presidential library to become LEED certified.(3)
Sentosa Island, Singapore
The main feature of this house is the green roof. The house is wrapped in a special grass that helps to prevent flooding and promote proper drainage. Gorgeous. (4)
Dallas Audobon Center
The beautiful Audobon Center is an outdoor educational building. Features include: recycled cotton ceilings, rubber tire floors, and poured concrete that has the appearance of wood. All which makes for one beautiful building! (5)
Manhattan, New York
The Hearst Towers features include, low-E glass in the building envelope, light sensors to control the amount of artificial light on each floor, activity level sensors that control both lights and computers, high efficiency HVAC systems, and use of outside makeup air for cooling and ventilation for 75 percent of the year.(6)
The Santa Monica Civic Center – Parking Garage
Santa Monica, CA
This parking garage is the first LEED-certified parking garage in the United States. The features include, a rooftop solar array, low-VOC paints, free bike storage, and a gray-water harvesting system that uses storm runoff for landscaping and Civic Center facilities. Plus, it just looks sweet. (7)