APA headquarters building earns LEED certification for its operation and maintenance

Numerous operational changes, improvements and investments have optimized the building's efficiency, energy use and impact on the environment.

Earning a perfect score of 63 out of 63 LEED credit points attempted, APA's headquarters building at 750 First St., N.E., in Washington, D.C., has earned LEED EB: O&M Gold certification. Awarded by the Green Building Certification Institute, this honor recognizes APA's work since 2011 to implement operational changes and capital investments to increase the building's efficiency.

“The CBRE building management team members are to be commended for their efforts to identify and install energy saving devices in both of APA's buildings to achieve high Energy Star ratings and for their leadership in implementing best practices to achieve LEED Gold status,” said APA Director of Real Estate Susan Burk.

Activities and achievements associated with the certification included:

  • Attaining a building Energy Star score of 78 (placing the building in the top 22 percent of all comparable office buildings nationwide).
  • A new green cleaning program.
  • Operational audits and surveys of indoor air quality, cleaning effectiveness and occupant comfort.
  • A building occupant alternative commuting rate of more than 50 percent.
  • The use of renewable energy credits to offset 100 percent of the building's energy consumption.
  • A new pest management program to reduce the toxicity of pesticides.
  • The use of low-mercury lights.
  • An aggressive recycling program diverting 69 percent of consumables and 100 percent of durable goods.