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The Well is a LEED Green Building project. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is governed by the U.S. Green Building Council. There are several levels of LEED certification that a project can achieve: Basic, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. These certifications are based on a point system for meeting environmental goals in new construction of a building. The Well has earned Gold Certification with 41 points in the following categories: Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation and Process, and Sustainable Sites.
In terms of overall environmental footprint, the building is projected to use 23% less energy than a typical new building, 43% less water than a typical new building, and its construction used 25% recycled content materials, and diverted 82% of the total waste generated from going to a landfill. In reference to wood on the project, 70% of wood purchased was FSC certified as sustainably harvested, meaning that the forest where the trees were taken from has its ecological health protected during wood harvesting - the wood is not from clear cutting or other destructive forestry practices.
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The WELL facility is oriented in a North-South direction, so the main entrances which contain all of the glass are not exposed to direct sun. This helps with energy management because the building will not have to work as hard to keep it cool in the summer and there was no need for use of special glass to keep the glare down from people being exposed to direct sunlight.
The green in the floor is made up of recycled Heineken bottles that were crushed and put into the mix.
The Fitness Desk is a good location from which to view the environmentally conscious use of building materials that are used throughout the facility. Many have recycled content or come from our local region, which has the environmental benefit of reduced fuel use in transportation. Recycled content building components include the structural steel and concrete; steel stairs and catwalk; Rainbow Turf safety flooring; the aluminum curtain wall and door frames; and the carpet. The regional materials are primarily concrete, which is the heaviest material used.
The fans are from the Big Ass Fans company and measure 10 feet in diameter. These fans were added during construction. There are 10 big ass fans in the building which replaced 28 normal ceiling fans, for energy savings.
Multiple windows and skylights throughout the facility allow for daytime use without need for artificial lighting. Of particular note is the Foiltech skylight, just like the Water Cube at the Beijing Olympics. It is comprised of a composite foil material that is inflated to give it is mass and strength. The little metal circles are called fritting which is what changes how the light enters the space. In this case, this skylight has a shade/no-shade option which will inflate the pillow to let more light in by moving the frit further apart. To let less light in, the air is let out of the pillow which brings the fritting closer together, creating more shade.
5-1/2"" thick, poured-in-place recycled rubber.
These panels are a green product and are made from agricultural waste, so using these reduces waste and saves trees.
Many drinking fountains throughout the building are designed to facilitate the easy replenishing of water bottles, thereby encouraging the use of refillable bottles over the purchase of disposable plastic ones.
These interior building products were selected with no or low emissions of volatile organic compounds, and during construction the builders kept dust and fume production to a minimum to protect indoor air quality at the time and in the future.