The U.S. Green Building Council sent out a press release this morning announcing that its headquarters in Washington, D.C., has been certified LEED platinum under the new version of LEED. It also sent out a whole powerpoint presentation of photos, which gave the viewer a pretty good idea of what the space looks like.
But before I show you the eye candy, please stop and take a moment to think about what you think the headquarters should look like. First, it is important to know that the USGBC is the creator of LEED, the environmental rating system which has produced some really innovative and exciting pieces of green architecture. So it stands to reason that their building should be the epitome of everything green that it possibly can. Second, it's also important to understand the building's context before you judge it. The office is 75,000 square feet that is divided between two floors and connected by an open staircase. It's also in an urban area, so realistically, this building was going to look like an office building from the outside.
Here's what Rick Fedrizzi said he wanted it to be: "The vision of the space was to exemplify everything a LEED building is: high-performing, resource-efficient, healthy and productive."
Alright. Look at the photos below and tell me: did they suceed? Is this how you imagined it would look? If so, what did they get right? If not, what would you have done differently?
So readers, what do you think?