Louisville Building Receives Highest Honor for Sustainability

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Local architecture firm, GBBN, wears green colored glasses in the city of roses.

Recently awarded ‘Gold’ certification for three local projects, and the highest rating for their Louisville offices, GBBN is setting the standard for sustainable practices in the Derby City, our region, and worldwide.

GBBN Louisville earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification using the Commercial Interiors Rating System from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

GBBN’s Louisville offices are located in the historic business district of downtown and they renovated the 3,500 square-foot office space prior to opening its doors for business in November 2008. GBBN made an extra effort to incorporate ‘green design’ in its renovation of the space and is reaping the awards. For example, sustainable efforts implemented included reusing or recycling almost all existing interior finishes, as well as the use of all low-VOC materials throughout. The interior was designed to take advantage of the northern and southern exposures maximizing natural light, and minimizing the need for heating and cooling. Indoor air quality was improved via a new make-up air unit, which circulates no recycled indoor air, and only fresh outside air.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the news," said Jason Groneck, manager of the GBBN Louisville office. "GBBN is committed to sustainable design and being environmentally conscious, this is an example of that commitment to practicing green design."

Other GBBN projects have included a remake of Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, The Ascent Tower in Covington, Ky, buildings at the University of Toledo, Ohio, and remarkable projects throughout China.

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