U.S. Green Building Council Awards LEED Gold Certification to Pinnacle Services’ Headquarters in Minnesota

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification to the headquarters of Pinnacle Services, which is located in Minnesota. The company had occupied the building in November 2008.

In January 2008, the renovations for the turn-of-the-century building that houses Pinnacle Services’ headquarters began. During renovation, more than 95% of the structure and its non-structural interiors to an extent of 55% were reused. Over 25% of new material used in the design was procured in the same region. The wood flooring used for the renovation was also reclaimed wood floors from buildings in Duluth of the same era. Other eco-friendly measures adopted during the renovation include usage of products such as motion and daylight sensors to cut down energy costs, sealants, and low-emitting adhesives.

Special water fixtures that utilize 36% less water when compared to standard water fixtures were used in the building. The energy and natural gas costs have been reduced by 20% in the building.  It is the thirtieth building to receive LEED Gold certification and one of the oldest in Minnesota to achieve LEED certification. This certification is recognized throughout the world and is given after measuring the performance of the building such as water efficiency, energy savings, indoor air quality, and emissions reduction, among others.

Source: www.pinnacleservices.org

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