In 2010, 2030 Main Street was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification at the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council.
2030 Main Street has also been awarded the Energy Star Label for its operating efficiency for six (6) consecutive years.
What is LEED?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
Benefits of a LEED Certified Building:
Lower Operating Costs
- Green buildings have been shown to save money through reduced energy and water use and lower long-term operations and maintenance costs.
- Tenants of Green buildings also benefit from lower after-hours heating/cooling costs.
Workplace Productivity and Health
- Research shows that the green design attributes, which improve the water and air quality in a building, enhance worker productivity, occupant health and well-being.
- Improved air quality reduces fatigue, allergies and respiratory problems.
- A study by Michigan State University found that productivity in LEED-certified buildings improved by 2.18% which is an extra 39 hours a year for each employee. They also discovered that absenteeism dropped and employee retention rates improved.
LEED certified buildings use 25% – 50% less electricity, 40% less water and on average produce 70% less solid waste.