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March 11, 2004
Photo by Jon Silver
The Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, designed by Selkirk Miller Hayashi Architects, is the first Seattle structure to earn a LEED gold rating. Gemkow Construction completed the project last year.
Many of the articles in Building Green refer to LEED , so here is a brief explanation for the uninitiated.
LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — is a U.S. Green Building Council program that offers a standard to measure how well buildings meet sustainability goals.
LEED awards four rating levels — LEED certified, silver, gold and platinum — to buildings that demonstrate environmentally sensitive design and construction.
The ratings are determined by a list of criteria in which points are awarded for sustainable site planning, water and energy efficiency, material and resource conservation, and indoor environmental quality. The review is performed by a third party.
For more information on LEED, check out www.usgbc.org/leed.