February 26, 2014
On February 24th, Rising Realty Partners (a real estate company specializing in world-class commercial real estate properties) announced that its PacMutual Campus in Downtown Los Angeles has received the highest level of green certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED E-BPlatinum certification. This great honor for this historic building is monumental for the city. The ranking was given under the Existing Buildings (E-B) rating system. LEED is an acronym standing for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and involves a thorough third-party commissioning process to determine the building’s sustainability measurements.
The honor is significant to the city of Los Angeles since it is the oldest building in Southern California to be LEED Platinum certified and the only historic building to receive the certification. It was originally constructed in 1908 and then modified in 1921 and 1926.
RRP CEO Nelson Rising- the man credited with introducing the innovative principles to the city through the planning of Playa Vista in the 80’s-made the following comment, “we wanted to show that a building’s age wasn’t a limiting factor towards achieving a high-level of sustainability.”
PacMutual is made up of three connected buildings including: The Sentry Building, the Clock Building, and the Carriage House and takes up a whole city block in the heart of Los Angeles. It is considered a local landmark and a Historic-Cultural Monument. Tenants include the popular e-commerce site Nasty Gal and the Oscar winning visual effects firm Magnopus.
Los Angeles appears to be one of the locations in the country that is taking charge of restoring old buildings in an environmentally-responsible fashion, the PacMutual building being a prime example.
The building earned 81 LEED points out of 81 that were attempted and was rated in the 91st percentile for energy efficiency among similar sized buildings. It offsets 100 of consumed energy through purchasing renewable energy credits and water use is reduced by 32 percent compared to the national baseline. Tenants use alternative forms of transportation to commute to and from work by use of public transit, biking, walking, carpooling, etc. Other sustainable practices include recycling, green cleaning, being smoke-free, and an indoor air quality improvement program.
This incredible achievement is a big stride in the right direction and a wonderful example for other buildings and cities to achieve similar sustainability standards.
Photo Credit: The Los Angeles Public Library