LEED O+M: Existing Buildings v3 - LEED 2009
JBG Federal Center
Washington, DC 20590
LEED Gold 2011
The United States Department of Transportation headquarters at 1200 New Jersey Avenue includes two twin commercial office buildings containing approximately 1.4 million square feet of Class A office space for the sole use of USDOT’s 5,500 employees. JBG acquired the property in 2001 and since has signed a 15-year lease with the DOT. It is the only privately-owned, cabinet-level agency headquarters in the United States. Due to the sensitivity of USDOT’s work, these buildings feature the latest security measures, including a blast hardened façade, full perimeter security devices and secured 936 car underground parking garage. Though sheer mass and intense security systems may distract some from the importance of sustainability, JBG sought to achieve LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance certification for this project.
By committing ourselves to the goals of smart growth and civic responsibility, JBG seeks to develop buildings that improve communities while preserving our environment and conserving our resources. Our ground-up approach focuses on the strategic design, development and management of properties that result in energy efficiency, resource conservation and waste reduction.
Over the course of two years in which efforts to improve energy efficiency and green property management practices were heavily implemented, the project finally received LEED Gold certification.
Currently, the project is one of the first buildings to engage with the LEED Dynamic Plaque, which scores a building on its day-to-day performance and displays it publically.
Water management constitutes a major concern for the D.C. region, and so a 2-acre vegetated roof was installed to divert over 1 million gallons of storm run-off from the Anacostia river watershed. Another retrofit project involving the replacement of plumbing fixtures and fittings resulted in $64,000 of annual savings in water expenditures; a drop of 25% in potable water usage from the prior year.
Natural gas and electricity were conserved through improvements to operational practices: updated controls, new set-points, timers, changes in operational hours and refining of the building automation system. Significant reductions in overall energy consumption resulted in annual utility bill savings of $835,837 and an increased ENERGY STAR rating of 94, all from an investment of only $9,000. Building occupants reported using alternative transportation for their daily commuting trips nearly 44% of the time and 50% of building waste was recycled. This monumental achievement could not have been accomplished without the support of the JBG property management team and the vendors: Red Coats, Healthy Buildings, Inside Out, and Great Forest.