US Green Building Council - LEED Gold


Sustainable practices have been instituted at 355 Alhambra – these practices will provide long term environmental and human health benefits to the building's occupants and the community through the following efforts:

Waste Reduction

The building has instituted a comprehensive recycling program that collects:

Did you know?

In 2006, U.S. residents, businesses, and institutions produced more than 251 million tons of solid waste, a 65% increase since 1980. That amount is roughly equivalent to 4.6 pounds per person, per day, a 25% increase since 1980. This increase in waste generation raises the cost of building operation and maintenance in two ways: first, unnecessary materials (such as packaging add to the cost of products purchased, and second, fees for the landfilling or incineration increase as the amount of waste increases.
Office Paper Cardboard Plastic Glass Light bulbs and ballasts Batteries Durable goods such as computers and office equipment

By doing this 95% of the building's waste is diverted from landfills and is being recycled and re-used instead!

Building occupants can contribute to these recycling efforts by:
  • Making sure to deposit recyclable materials such as newspapers, plastic water bottles and other items listed above into the designated recycling container located in each tenant's office.
  • Participating in the building's recycling program twice yearly for electronics such as computers, monitors and other office equipment.
  • If you don't have a recycling program at your home, feel free to bring in your recyclables to the building!

Energy Conservation

355 Alhambra has been awarded an EnergyStar® rating of 91 (highest score is 100)

Did you know?

In 2005, power plants in the US generated 4,055 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, of which 35% was used to heat, cool, light and power equipment in commercial buildings. This proportion ir projected to increase to 40% by 2030. Because of the large quantities of energy used in commercial buildings, energy costs area a significant source of overall operating expenses and a major concern for any building owner. In 2005, the average commercial building used approximately 13.4 kWh of electricity per square foot; In particular, office buildings have a higher average of electricity intensity, 18.9 kWh per square foot, and pay about 27% more for electricty than the average commercial building.

State of the art Building Automation System optimizes energy usage by controlling the building's HVAC system and exterior lighting/

Occupancy sensors installed in interior restrooms and equipment rooms eliminate the need for lighting in unoccupied areas.

Energy efficient lighting is installed throughout the building.

Variable frequency drives installed on equipment motors reduce electricity usage.

CO2 sensors installed on air conditioning equipment maximize fresh air intake into the building while reducing the need to cool non-essential outside air.

Building occupants can contribute to these energy conservation efforts by:
  • Making sure to turn out lights when leaving your office for an extended period of time and at the end of the day.
  • Using EnergyStar® rated computers, monitors and appliances.
  • These efforts can also be extended to your home by using EnergyStar® rated appliances and electronics and remembering to turn off lights and unplug small appliances when not in use!

Water Conservation

Did you know?

Using large volumes of water increases maintenance and life-cycle cost for building operations and also increases consumers' costs for additional supply and treatment facilities. Conversely, facilities that use water efficiently can reduce costs through lower fees, less sewage volume, reductions in energy and chemical use, and lower capacity charges and limits. If total commercial building water consumption for all uses in the US fell by just 10%, we could save more than 2 trillion gallons of water each year.

Indoor water usage has been reduced by 30% and landscaping irrigation by 75% by:

Installation of sink aerators and low flow fixtures in restrooms.

Installing native and adaptive plants that require minimal watering.

Installing rain gauge moisture sensors on landscaping irrigation system.

Building occupants can contribute to these water conservation efforts by:
  • Making sure to turn off faucets in restrooms and promptly reporting any leaking restroom fixtures to the building's management team.
  • These efforts can be extended to your home by turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth; running the dishwasher only when full; taking shorter showers and adhering to the local water authority guidelines for watering your lawn and plants!

Green Cleaning and Pest Control

Did you know?

Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, and the quality of the indoor environment therefore has a significant influence on their well-being, productivity and quality of life. Protecting indoor environments from contaminents is essential for maintaining a healthy space for building occupants.

Use of safe and eco-friendly cleaning products.

Use of recycled paper products in restrooms.

"Integrated Pest Management Policy" reduces need for pesticides used inside building and on exterior landscaping.



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