Dexter Horton Receives New LEED® Dynamic Plaque™ certification

Jul 22, 2015

Becomes the first building in the country to receive the USGBC's new designation for sustainable building performance

Dexter Horton, a commercial office building located in downtown Seattle and owned by Gerding Edlen Green Cities II, has received a LEED Dynamic Plaque re-certification—the first building in the country to do so.

Gerding Edlen partnered with the USGBC on the recertification, which measures the real time performance of existing LEED certified buildings for energy, water and waste conservation as well as the building’s tenant experience and use of alternative transportations. Dexter Horton earned a Gold certification with a total of 70 points. The building earned 29 out of the maximum 33 points in the Energy Efficiency category and 6 out of 8 points in the Waste category – reflecting the building management’s strong recycling and composting programs. Also, over 65% of the occupants surveyed currently commute via alternative transportation including biking to work using the building’s recently renovated bike room. 

The plaque itself is featured in the lobby of the building so guests and tenants can see and measure the building’s performance in real-time.

About LEED Dynamic Plaque:

LEED Dynamic Plaque is a new re-certification pathway for existing LEED-certified buildings. Currently in the pilot phase, the LEED Dynamic Plaque provides a near real-time building performance score based on data spanning energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience.

A unique aspect of the Dynamic Plaque certification is the focus on tenant engagement. Tenant feedback via surveys allows tenants to engage with building management in a new way. Through this process, tenants see the degree to which their actions matter. Choices to recycle and compost, conserve energy and water usage or how to commute are all factored into the certification.

About Dexter Horton:

Originally built in 1924, the Dexter Horton building in Seattle’s Central Business District is a prominent and widely recognized landmark. With a diverse mix of tenants in the creative and technology industries, the 336,000 sq. ft., 15-story office building was renovated in 2002, with additional upgrades in 2013, and was awarded LEED Gold Certification through USGBC’s new LEED Dynamic Plaque certification in June of 2015.

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Gerding Edlen

Gerding Edlen is considered one of the nation’s leading experts in developing and managing green buildings, with an emphasis on developing properties that build community and positively reflect lifestyles of the future. Gerding Edlen is a full service real estate investment, development and asset/property management firm with a depth of experience in sustainable development and renewable energy. Recognized for their socially responsible approach to real estate investment, Gerding Edlen is one of the world's leading developers of LEED Certified properties with over 40 certified or registered LEED projects. Since 1996, the firm has developed more than 60 green projects throughout the Western United States.

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