A couple weeks ago, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its list of the Top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings. Minnesota made the list ranking tenth.
As the foremost program and certification system for the design construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, USGBC’s LEED certification recognizes buildings that save money for families, businesses, and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers, and the larger community. Over 40,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 7.9 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 117 countries.
Minnesota’s LEED ranking was due in large part to the conception of the Edina Crosstown Medical Building. Designed by Mohagen/Hansen Architectural Group, the Crosstown Medical Building was awarded LEED Gold Certification. Elements that contributed to the project’s LEED Gold status include a high efficiency mechanical system resulting in an energy use reduction of 19.7%, and a 38% reduction in water use within the building. Twenty seven percent of the exterior building materials were derived of recycled material, while 27% were located regionally, within 500 miles of the site. The building features a rain water harvesting system for irrigation and storm water management control, implementation of a green roof, and reduced parking. The building is a 75,000 sq. ft. medical office designed entirely for use by Twin Cities Orthopedics, P.A.