Center for Light+Space Earns LEED-CI Gold at 5 Penn Plaza

Another design-related Midtown sales office and showroom has earned LEED for Commercial Interiors certification from USGBC, this time at 5 Penn Plaza.

Another design-related Midtown sales office and showroom has earned LEED for Commercial Interiors certification from USGBC. Located at 5 Penn Plaza, the Center for Light+Space serves as the New York sales office and showroom for Acuity Brands Lighting and recently earned a LEED-CI Gold rating.

The space was designed by Acuity in cooperation with Aztec Architects and garnered the bulk of its LEED credits under the materials and resources category, incorporating a variety of locally-sourced and recycled-content construction materials. Many of Acuity’s own efficient lighting products were incorporated into the three-story space by RDK Engineers, who designed the project’s MEP systems and also provided commissioning services. Other green design features include natural daylight harvesting and computer-controlled shading systems. The project is particularly interesting to us given the number of design firms that have achieved LEED-CI certification for their own offices, design studios, and showrooms; we frequently suggest that such firms should take leadership roles and advocate for sustainable design solutions for their clients in their own spaces.

Indeed, in a press release announcing the award, Acuity vice president Sero Cardamone acknowledged this responsibility, noting that “[a]s a leader in providing lighting and lighting related solutions, we’ve made an important statement by demonstrating in our own facility and within our own community the kind of sustainability we promote. This sense of ‘walking the talk’ is important within the industry, particularly in New York, which is home to the world’s largest and most influential lighting-design and architectural community- and significant escalation in energy costs.”

The Center for Light+Space opened back in May of 2007, offers accredited lighting education and training seminars, and provides customers with the opportunity to test out a variety of its lighting products.

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