|OCOM Goes LEED Gold|
OCOM’s new campus and clinic in Old Town Chinatown combines innovative Eastern and Western design components – including a commitment to sustainability that will certify the building as a LEED Gold facility.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, or LEED, was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000. According to their website, “LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.”
The development of the 100-year-old former Globe Hotel is itself a commitment to the goals of LEED certification – sustainably renovating an existing building, rather than tearing down and building a new structure from scratch.
Specific OCOM highlights from the six LEED scorecard categories (Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovative Design) include: