Green(e) Buildings (W)NYC: New York’s Public Radio Scores LEED Gold Honors

LEED Gold for WNYC’s Greene Performance Space in Soho? Sounds good! (Get it? You get it)

A gbNYC post without links? On a Friday afternoon? It’s almost as if your blogger was getting ready to blow town — during rush hour, naturally — for a friend’s wedding in New York State. It is really almost exactly like that. But while I don’t usually do the rip-and-run thing from press releases, these are kind of extraordinary circumstances (um) and also, there really hasn’t been much coverage yet of the LEED-CI Gold honors recently bestowed on WNYC’s Greene Performance Space at 44 Charlton Street in Soho. Does that mean gbNYC is breaking this story? It might, but it might also be more accurate to say that gbNYC is basically acting off a tip from gbNYC reader/WNYC employee Jonathan Korzen. Mentioning that is what we blogging professionals call disclosure. Running Korzen’s list of the Green Space’s green aspects is what we blogging professionals call “frankly kind of lazy.” But that’ll probably happen.

The Greene Space was originally targeting LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors, but managed to overshoot and wind up golden thanks to such measures as:

  • Installed lighting power that is over 30% more efficient than code requirements.
  • A Climate Control System designed to surpass energy code requirements by 53%.
  • Composite wood and laminate products that are free of urea formaldehyde resins.
  • Drywall consisting of 95% recycled content.
  • A Bike Room with Shower and Locker Room to promote alternative commuting practices and reduce the energy intensity of standard commuting.
  • Daylight exposure has been maximized with an open office environment.
  • All paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants used contain no or low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Over 50% of all wood products installed have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, ensuring that wood was grown and harvested using sustainable forestry practices.

All original random capitalizations theirs. Because… okay, got to go. Friday afternoonery aside, kudos to WNYC for not only producing really good stuff from the Greene Space — Soundcheck! Listen to that! — but producing one of Soho’s greenest commercial spaces.

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