An office building in Calverton in Baltimore has achieved a gold standard of LEED certification, after it was given an extensive retrofit in order to transform it into an energy efficient building.
Since Calverton Corporate Center was purchased in 2009 it has undergone a number of changes, resulting in the amount of energy used through the facility being cut by 21 per cent.
Further to this the installation of dual flush toilets and waterless urinals means that 35 per cent less water is needed to service the building.
Some of the sustainable features of the facility include a natural ventilation system, heating supplied by natural gas and sensors to activate the lighting.
Smart metering is also being put to use in order to view how the building is performing in terms of energy efficiency and hybrid vehicle parking spaces have also been put in place.
More and more buildings are achieving LEED status through retrofits as opposed to new constructions.