LEED & Green Buildings

Leadership in energy and environmental design…in other words, LEED. LEED consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Downtown Holland is home to the first hotel in the midwest to receive LEED Gold Certification, CityFlats Hotel. The building was designed by Downtown Holland’s GMB Architecture+Engineering, who specializes in sustainable architecture. It is the policy of CityFlats Hotel to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. With 56 distinctively designed rooms, the hotel offers a smaller carbon footprint. During construction 81% of the jobsite waste was recycled and 38% of materials were sourced within 500 miles. CityFlats features rapidly renewable cork flooring, low-flow water fixtures and natural daylight in 95% of spaces.

Plaza East, the first multi-use office/retail building to be awarded LEED-CS Gold in area is architecturally consistent with Downtown’s nineteenth century building facades. Plaza East’s efficient water source heat pump system allows flexibility in placement of tenant space and size, as well as ample individual thermostatic control. Plaza East construction incorporated 33% recycled content, while 50% of the materials were sourced within 500 miles.

Five years ago Scrap Yard Lofts was an obsolete building. Fast forward to today and you’ll find a livable and workable space with roofs built to minimize heat, reused and reclaimed building materials, bamboo flooring, energy efficient appliances and windows, and plenty of natural daylight.

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