The Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) recently earned the highest LEED Platinum certification yet achieved for a new green building. The project systematically demonstrates high performance in site design, water & energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and material conservation and use. The US Green Building Council granted the project 63 of a possible 69 points under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) version 2 rating system. Only one other new building has achieved this level of green building distinction.
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The Phipps CSL is also seeking designation as the region’s first project to achieve the Living Building Challenge from the International Living Futures Institute, and a four star Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) certification for landscape design. The CSL aspires to be the first project to achieve all three exacting green building standards.
“The CSL is designed to be “living,” giving more back to the environment than it takes.” said Marc Mondor, Principal of evolveEA, Phipps’ sustainability consultant on the project. “The CSL is a model for integrating buildings with their surrounding landscape by creating systems that restore the environment instead of depleting it.”
By challenging the project team to design and construct one of the greenest buildings in the world, Phipps is demonstrating what is possible—and is inspiring others to do the same.