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Recertifying LEED Existing Buildings

Posted: March 5, 2014

According to an article on finance-commerce.com, “In 2009 the Crescent Ridge Corporate Center I in Minnetonka became the first property in the state to earn LEED in the category of ‘Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance.’ ”

Five years later, the same building scored another first by being the first to earn a recertification from the US Green Building Control in Washington, D.C.

Basically, the recertification is the proof that the standards and practices that were implemented are actually working. After the first LEED certification, the building functions properly by using less energy, reducing water use and waste.

In order “to get staff and tenants onboard with a LEED project, Crescent Ridge used a variety of strategies, including sponsoring events, organizing green teams and communicating results through newsletters, signage and on electronic kiosks.” Cam Gunderson, Crescent Ridge’s property manager, stated that the recertification process was much easier than the initial certification and suggests that all building owners, “do a waste audit to figure out the potential for greater recycling of plastics, paper and metals, he said. Building owners also should consider composting options as more haulers make that an option.”

Read the full article at Sustainable: A look at recertifying LEED existing building

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