Reaching Beyond Platinum and Exceeding the Balance Sheet

Nov 01, 2007

Gerding Edlen's own Dennis Wilde challenges the industry to look beyond simply building "net zero" buildings

The 16-story Center for Health & Healing is one of the largest LEED-certified Platinum projects in the country and the first medical facility in the world to be built to this standard.

“Net zero is not enough,” writes Gerding Edlen's Dennis Wilde in the November/December issue of Urban Land magazine. “Buildings being erected today are a 200-year asset, and the only way to reduce their environmental footprint is to make them replenish, rather than deplete, natural resources.”

“A building is the beginning of a vision for a place that will thrive—economically, socially, and environmentally. If that building can enhance city services, spark creation of retail businesses and cultural gathering places, connect to public transportation and shared open space—and do all this with a small and environmentally sound footprint—it will become a community asset whose value far exceeds that on its balance sheet.”

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