ITD HQ was a two year project to transform an old bank building into a modern workspace. It was not an easy task. Our historic building, which was built in 1950 as a bank, needed extensive upgrading. It would take a lot of planning and effort to turn the old bank building into what it is today.
Many of the design and construction decisions were made to make the building environmentally friendly, our goal was to get the building Gold LEED Certified. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
LEED certified buildings conserve water, reduce waste, and create healthier work environments. Some of the ways LEED certified buildings contribute to bettering the environment include:
34% lower CO2 emissions
25% less energy consumed
11% less water consumed
80 million tons of waste diverted from landfills
89/100 average ENERGY STAR score for LEED projects
25% less energy on average used by LEED buildings compared to commercial buildings
1.3 million tons of coal equivalent saved each year
78 million tons of avoided CO2 emissions
And our ITD HQ is a part of it!
The LEED certification is based on five categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Buildings are awarded points based on sustainable efforts within the categories, earning a higher certification with more points.
Even the design of the spaces was done with the environent in mind. For example, all the lights in ITD HQ are LEDs, from the ceiling lights all the way to the desk lamps. Recycled materials were used in the creation of the hanging dividers you see around. The stripes and colors in them come from recycled magazines.