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 a leading real estate investment, development and asset and property management firm recognized for its expertise in creating and owning highly sustainable, urban infill, office, residential and mixed-use properties. Founded in 1996, the firm engages a socially responsible approach to real estate by cultivating properties that strengthen communities, minimize impact on the environment and add profound value to residents and tenants. Gerding Edlen’s efforts are guided by a set of criteria, known as the Principles of Place, where community plays a pivotal role alongside design, technology and sustainability in the success of their properties. Gerding Edlen’s development entity is a recognized national leader of sustainable development, which includes more than 75 LEED certified or certified pending properties. 

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