Pacific Gas and Electric has achieved LEED Platinum certification for the remodelling of its 145,000 sq ft San Francisco Service Center Garage, which was built in 1929. The retrofit includes seismic reinforcements that required 65 percent less material than in a traditional design, the company says. The building also includes solar panels over the parking lot, and uses water from an underground stream to cool mechanical systems and to flush toilets, which PG&E estimates will cut potable water use by 81 percent.
New York’s 18,000-seat Barclays Center – home to the Brooklyn Nets – has achieved LEED Silver certification. The building’s wood is 91 percent certified sustainable, Crain’s New York Business reports.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association won approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for ANSI/NEMA SG IC 1-2013, Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines. The guidance describe the roles and and responsibilities of participants testing for the interoperability and security of smart grid products, Electric Light & Power reports.
Munich’s NuOffice has received the highest LEED evaluation ever in the core and shell category, according to Direction, an EU funded research project that aims to demonstrate innovative energy efficiency technologies. The building, constructed by project development company Domagk-Gewerbepark, features an absorption heat pump operated by district heat; 30 cm-thick polystyrene insulation; triple-glazed windows with high-efficient framing; electrochrome glass in south-facing windows; and groundwater for passive cooling.
Law firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean has announced its B Corporation recertification by B Lab. The firm says it has been a B Corp since 2010, and is one of only a dozen law firms in the country with that designation.