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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Justice Center receives silver rating from U.S. Green Building Council

10/28/2004  5:00:00 PM
Amanda Sturgeon (206)684-0425
Cyndi Wilder  (206) 684-0909
Julie Moore  (206) 684-0909

Seattle Justice Center receives silver rating from
U.S. Green Building Council

SEATTLE — The U.S. Green Building Council today presented a plaque to the city of Seattle awarding the Seattle Justice Center with a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating. On behalf of Mayor Greg Nickels, Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis accepted the plaque from the Building Council’s Cascadia Chapter CEO Glen Gilbert.

"This rating is another feather in Seattle’s environmental cap," said Mayor Nickels. "Seattle has a long history of keeping our land, air and water clean for our children and grandchildren. Making sure our buildings are built with recycled and environmentally safe materials is a big part of this effort."

The Justice Center was one of the first buildings in Seattle designed using the LEED rating system, and the first in Seattle registered with the U.S. Green Building Council. Two other city of Seattle buildings have also received LEED certification – Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center and Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center. In the United States, 136 buildings are LEED-certified, nine in Washington state.

Some sustainable elements of the Justice Center are: recycled content materials were used throughout the building; sensors turn off lights when rooms are not in use; and a thermal buffer wall saves energy by naturally ventilating heat from the western sun before it reaches the space, while providing good daylighting and views.

The U.S. Green Building Council developed the LEED certification standard as a formal certification process for building projects. Different levels of green building certification (Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum) are awarded based on the total credits earned in each of several categories: site, energy, material resources, indoor environmental quality and water. Use of a national standard helps establish minimum performance standards, creates a common dialogue for discussion, and allows Seattle to measure its sustainable building performance related to other jurisdictions that are using LEED. The City of Seattle was the first municipality in the nation to formally adopt a LEED standard for its projects, and many other cities across the country have now followed suit.

The Justice Center, located on Fifth Avenue between James Street and Cherry Street, was dedicated in November 2002. It houses the Seattle Municipal Court and Seattle Police headquarters.

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