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Making a Sustainable Difference


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Breathe See Touch the Difference. The Cushman & Wakefield Headquarters Project Registers for LEED as part of the LEED EB&OM Project at 1290 Avenue of the Americas.

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Making a Sustainable Difference

  1. 1. BREATHE SEE TOUCH THE DIFFERENCE THE DIFFERENCE Americans spend on average 90% of their time indoors. A key component for maintaining superior indoor airquality is flushing out airborne contaminants. Building codes require installation of ventilation systems that provide adequate airflow into a building. We have added 30% more outside air delivered to the occupants when compared to what is required by code. In addition, great precautions were taken during the construction phase to control dust and debris and ensure that a high air quality was maintained throughout the occupied and unoccupied spaces. LEED-CI: Energy & Atmosphere (credits 1&2) Indoor Environmental Quality (credit 3.1)
  2. 2. BREATHE SEE TOUCH THE DIFFERENCE THE DIFFERENCE The goal of Green Housekeeping is to safeguard human health while minimizing the impact on the environment by protecting ecosystems, improving air and water quality, reducing solid waste and conserving natural resources. The building landlord,Vornado RealtyTrust, along with our cleaning agency, BMS, have developed a green housekeeping program designed to protect occupants and cleaning staff alike by providing environmentally friendly cleaning products and equipment. An equal emphasis is placed on the environmental sustainability of cleaning operations and overall building health. LEED-CI: Innovation in Design (credit 1)
  3. 3. BREATHE SEE TOUCH THE DIFFERENCE THE DIFFERENCE Purchasing building materials with a high amount of recycled content helps reduce the impacts resulting from the extraction and processing of virgin materials. Almost 30% of all furniture and construction materials in this office contain recycled content which is a combination of both pre- and post-consumer waste. By using these recycled products, we also reduce the amount of solid waste volume that is sent to landfills everyday and thereby reduce our environmental footprint. LEED-CI: Materials & Resources (credit 4)
  4. 4. BREATHE SEE TOUCH THE DIFFERENCE THE DIFFERENCE With construction and demolition comes waste that needs to be disposed of, often in landfills where pollutants can escape into the soil, air and water. By recycling and returning materials to manufacturers, we were able to redirect over 75% of the construction waste from landfills. Ceiling tiles and flooring were sent back to manufacturers to be sold as used goods or reprocessed into new products. Metals, wood, carpet, paper and cardboard products were sent to be recycled at the appropriate locations. In this manner, almost 200 tons of solid waste was diverted from landfills. LEED-CI: Materials & Resources (credit 2.1 & 2.2)
  5. 5. BREATHE SEE TOUCH THE DIFFERENCE THE DIFFERENCE Burning fossil fuels during the production of electricity releases pollutants into the air that cause smog and acid rain. In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, Cushman & Wakefield has entered into a contract with a green power provider to purchase clean, safe, and pollution-free wind energy. This renewable energy purchase avoids 2,311,648 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from conventional power plants using nonrenewable fossil fuels. That CO2 emissions avoided compares to NOT driving 227 passenger cars for one year. LEED-CI: Energy & Atmosphere (credit 4)
  6. 6. BREATHE SEE TOUCH THE DIFFERENCE THE DIFFERENCE The transportation of products from the point of manufacture to installation by truck, train, and boat contributes to water and air pollution. By focusing on locally made items such as furniture and construction materials, we were able to specify over 20% of the products used in the renovation of this office as locally manufactured within 500 miles New York City, keeping transportation to a minimum and also helping to support our local economy. LEED-CI: Materials & Resources (credit 5.1)
  7. 7. BREATHE SEE TOUCH THE DIFFERENCE THE DIFFERENCE Electricity generated from fossil fuels-oil and coal impact the environment in a myriad of adverse ways, beginning with their extraction, transportation, refining, and distribution. By designing a highly efficient HVAC system that surpasses local code and installing Energy Star rated equipment, we have provided for a more comfortable indoor environment while also reducing operating costs from power consumption which also results in the preservation of natural resources. LEED-CI: Energy & Atmosphere (credit 1.3 & 1.4)
  8. 8. BREATHE SEE TOUCH THE DIFFERENCE THE DIFFERENCE Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) are emitted as gases from certain solids and liquids. VOC’s include a variety of chemicals that can be odorous, irritating, and potentially harmful. In order to maintain a healthy indoor air quality for occupants and installers, all paints, sealants, adhesives, and furniture systems selected for this office have low to no VOC emissions. LEED-CI: Indoor Environmental Quality (credits 4.1-4.5)
  9. 9. BREATHE SEE TOUCH THE DIFFERENCE THE DIFFERENCE Toilet flushing alone accounts for approximately 4.8 billion gallons of water per day in both commercial and residential use. The Energy Policy Act (EPA) of 1992 established water conservation standards to be implemented on all bathroom fixtures. This saves an estimated 6.5 billion gallons of water per year. By using high-efficiency fixtures, such as low-flow urinals and lavatories, we are able to go above and beyond the EPA requirements saving over 400,000 gallons of water per year. LEED-CI:Water Efficiency (credit 1.1 & 1.2)