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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

What is LEED?

The historic restoration project of the D. A. Blodgett building anticipates a gold level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the many green-built features included. While common in new structures, it is a remarkable achievement with a historical restoration project. The following features, among others, were recognized for their environmental friendly nature:

1. Shower for employees to use after biking to work or exercising on the lunch break

2. Solar panels on the rooftop

3. Porous asphalt and underlying materials on parking lot to absorb rainwater

4. Roof storm water drainage to underground cistern to water the gardens

5. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals

6. Carpets of recycled materials

7. Energy saving HVAC system that is computer controlled

8. Low-E argon windows

9. Sprayed insulation

10. Recycle program with loading dock for dumpsters

11. Restored terrazzo flooring on main floor instead of replacing it

12. Restored all oak trim on main floor instead of painting it or replacing it

13. Smoke-free environment

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