BRR-Bentonville office awarded LEED Gold certification.

BRR Architecture announced today that it has earned LEED Gold from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Bentonville, Arkansas office. LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.

“Our Bentonville office project gave our staff a great opportunity to explore, experiment, and implement their ideas on sustainability,” said Hal Havens, BRR Senior Vice President and LEED Green Associate. “The office became a laboratory for trying out our ideas on day lighting, grey water reuse, and environmentally friendly construction materials.”

The office is located in a renovated 60+ year old building originally constructed as a food processing facility. It was designed to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water, and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. Among the many features of the space, 30 new Solatube sun tunnel fixtures were added, providing nearly 100% of the lighting on sunny days. Restrooms feature low-flow fixtures and a grey water reclamation system, and energy usage was reduced through energy efficient lighting and Energy Star-rated appliances and office equipment. Materials with recycled content were selected, as well as products with low- or zero-VOCs. The space also has a designated area for office recycling, which has even inspired the building owner to develop a building-wide recycling program.

“BRR’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and BRR Architecture serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”

LEED was established for market leaders to design & construct buildings that protect and save precious resources, while also making good economic sense. The LEED rating system verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return. A total of 62 points were obtained resulting in the Gold level achievement for BRR.

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About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

About LEED®
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities. LEED for Healthcare is currently under development and is expected to be released in early 2008. Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.

About BRR Architecture
BRR works with our clients to understand their vision; developing architectural processes and systems that are tailored to transform their design objectives and challenges into a meaningful reality. We are recognized for our multidisciplinary staff who engage their award-winning talent across clients, projects, people, and our community.

With locations in Kansas City, Bentonville, Phoenix, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Miami, BRR employs 221 people nationwide. BRR is licensed in 50 states and three provinces in Canada and has gained international experience in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, China, and India.