California’s Department of Education headquarters
becomes the nation’s first state-owned building to achieve the highest
possible “green building” certification
ceremonies in the state capital, the headquarters of California’s
Department of Education was acknowledged by the U.S.
Green Building Council as the
first state-owned building to receive Platinum Certification for energy
efficiency and sustainability.
Only 19 buildings in the world that
have achieved this level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) certification, the highest possible rating. Nine of them are in
“With ten percent of all LEED-certified buildings,
including almost half of our platinum buildings right here in California,
and another 500 projects in the works, California has once again stood out
as a visionary leader,” said Peter Templeton, Vice President of the U.S.
Green Building Council.
come to expect nothing less from the state of California,” added
Templeton. “I’ve seen how far we have come on this road and I know from
deep personal experience that the leadership the state of California and
Californians have shown is why we’ve made the progress we’ve
Platinum award establishes the Education headquarters as a crown jewel in
Governor Schwarzenegger’s green building
order on green
building, issued in December, 2004, calls for all existing state
buildings, and all future state construction and renovation projects, to
meet a minimum of LEED Silver certification. It also calls for
universities and colleges funded by the state and other entities related
to state government to participate in the effort.
governor signed the executive order, he asked for action,” said Rosario
Marin, Secretary of the State & Consumer Services Agency and
Chairperson of the Governor’s Green Action Team. Secretary Marin accepted
Platinum award for the state at ceremonies at the Education
"We know this governor is all about action," the
secretary said, "action to make California greener – and that is precisely
what we are giving him today."
not the first honor for the Department of Education building, located in
the new Capitol Area East End Complex.
The facility received a
LEED Gold certification for sustainable design and construction shortly
after it was completed in 2003. It also earned a U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Energy
of 95 (out of a possible 100) for superior energy performance.
Since then, under Department of General Services supervision, DGS
staff, contractors and building operators have worked together to further
improve its energy conservation and efficiency.
The facility incorporates
roof” system that deflects heat, open floor designs that maximize the use
of natural light, high performance window glazing, and “smart” light
controls. A solar array generates electricity for the building’s
designed to be 30 percent more energy efficient than state code
requirements, new enhancements have made the building 40 percent more
efficient. The initial (and impressive) energy savings of about
$120,000 a year, attained in this the 336,000 square foot, six-story
building have now reached $200,000 per year.
quality for employees and visitors has also been improved with ventilation
and air distribution systems. Water efficiency is increased, and the
implementation of recycling programs has reduced the building's waste
Department of Education employees working in the
building are encouraged to use environmentally friendly products for
building maintenance and supplies. In fact, the state has just completed a
comprehensive Best Practices
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, now online.
precisely the sort of environmental breakthrough the governor was aiming
at when he signed his executive order,” said Secretary Marin.
wants to see many more buildings like this one – and not just state
buildings," she added. "He wants local government and private industry to
join him in ’going LEED.’”
Note: To download a
diagram highlighting the range of building features designed to protect
the health and well being of occupants and minimize environmental impact,
click here (pdf
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