Ascendium’s new headquarters receives sustainability certification
Ascendium's new headquarters has earned a Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership, providing a structured way for professionals to become involved in sustainability and reduce the nearly 569 million tons of construction and demolition waste produced in the U.S. per year.
For a building to become LEED-certified, construction managers must submit a request for certification using a special points system. LEED certification points are focused on the following concepts.
- Energy efficiency and indoor atmosphere quality.
- Indoor environmental quality from ventilation and daylight access.
- Location and transportation for residents, workers or visitors.
- Sustainable practices used in material and resource use and disposal.
- Sustainable project sites that minimize impact on the surrounding environment.
- Water efficiency.
Being LEED-certified means Ascendium’s headquarters is a high performing building that provides economic, health and environmental benefits. One example of Ascendium’s commitment to health is its state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning system. The system, which is controlled through sophisticated, real-time computer monitoring, supplies 100% outdoor air to the building, improving air quality and boosting employee wellness.
Becoming LEED-certified was no easy feat. It involved a focused commitment in the design and building process and a lot of detailed documentation. However, it was well worth it to be considered a leader in sustainability.