Moving Out: Builder Earns New York’s First LEED-CI Platinum Rating Outside of NYC

For the first time, USGBC has awarded LEED-CI Platinum to a project in New York State located outside of the five boroughs.

C.W. Brown Headquarters

From Skanska USA and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to the National Audubon Society (whose downtown headquarters scored the highest point total ever), we’ve covered LEED-CI Platinum projects closely here at gbNYC. What we haven’t done is mention any such projects in New York outside of the five boroughs because – until a couple of weeks ago – there weren’t any.

Westchester County-based construction company C.W. Brown, Inc., though, has now officially earned LEED Platinum certification under the Commercial Interiors system for its new headquarters space at 1 Labriola Court in Armonk. The $2 million project is the first in New York State outside of New York City to achieve LEED-CI Platinum, and just the 87th overall in the country.

Green features are, as you would expect, pervasive; a 60-kilowatt solar power system meets the company’s daily electricity requirements, while low-flow plumbing fixtures have reduced overall water consumption by 45 percent. Bathroom counter tops are made from recycled milk cartons, the reception desk and bathroom floor tiles from windshields and car mirrors, and common workspace counters from sunflower seed hulls. The space also features floors made from cork and used tires, lighting occupancy sensors, and a SolaTube natural daylight harvesting system.

Overall, 61 percent of furnishings were salvaged or made from recycled materials and, during construction, 82 percent of construction debris was recycled. 50 percent of all building materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

C.W. Brown also maintains satellite offices in Stamford, Connecticut and Manhattan.

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