CBRE Group has received the world’s first certification for a commercial office space under the WELL Building Standard pilot program, for the company’s global headquarters in Los Angeles. The facility features energy absorbing flooring, UV air sanitizers, biophilic air treatment, water filtration systems and anti-microbial coatings on all surfaces. Real estate developer Delos, which created the building certification, says the standard is the world’s first to focus exclusively on enhancing people’s health and well-being through the built environment. Following the pilot phase, certification will be available through the International WELL Building Institute.
ASTM International has published the E2939-13 Standard Practice for Determining Reporting Conditions and Expected Capacity for Photovoltaic (PV) Non-Concentrator Systems, intended for use with Test Method E2848. The new standard is the first to bring consistency to operators’ calculation of PV plants’ expected generation capacity, according to Black & Veatch, whose renewable energy consultant Evan Riley is the standard’s technical contact and primary author.
The Stevia One PerúSAC farm in northern Peru has become the world’s first stevia farm to earn the Rainforest Alliance certification. As part of the certification process, the farm group worked to restore the land through reforestation, and invested in irrigation and organic fertilizer systems to improve soil health.
The ITAD Works, based in Cranleigh, UK, has become the first organization certified as an e-Stewards Recycler specifically for its European operations. The company is also ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certified, a fully licensed WEEE business, ADISA certified with distinction for secure asset disposition, and a Microsoft-registered refurbisher.
IT asset management company Globix has achieved e-Stewards certification. The company provides customers with secure IT disposal, detailed audit reports, certificates of destruction/recycling, mobile shredding and trade-in programs.
M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, has become the first professional outdoor football or baseball stadium to earn LEED Gold certification, Baltimore magazine reports. The team invested $3 million in green initiatives for the stadium, which is now 27 percent more energy efficient than the national average.
The nearly 500,000 sq ft Douglas County Adult Detention and Law Enforcement Center, in Douglasville, Ga., has earned LEED certification, Correctional News reports. The facility features sun shading and rainwater reclamation, and by cutting energy use 18 percent compared to standard code, the prison is expected to save taxpayers about $200,000 a year.
New York City’s NoMad Hotel, created by The Sydell Group, has earned LEED Gold certification. Features include a green roof, occupancy sensors for lighting and HVAC, and a green operations and maintenance plan to reduce toxins and chemicals introduced into the building after completion.