An office building in Norton Commons has been awarded LEED Gold certification indicating the building has achieved the second highest level of sustainability as tracked by the United States Green Building Council. Located at 10411 Meeting Street, CMTA Engineering Consultants has been a leader in sustainable design and now has an exemplary building to demonstrate their commitment to green design.
CMTA’s building achieved certification in late October and received 50 LEED points, only two shy of the highest Platinum level. After going through the certification process, CMTA says they have the experience and knowledge to achieve Platinum status on future projects.
Some of the green features of the two-story, 20,000 square foot building include sun shades on the buildings facade, flat fabric thin film solar panels on the building’s white roof (see photo after the click), and Solar Tube interior lighting devices. Solar power is expected to account for 10 to 15 percent of the structure’s annual energy usage. The structure was built with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) in which concrete is poured into insulating Styrofoam forms. Geothermal heating and cooling has been incorporated as well as a custom designed LED lighting scheme, although most of the light used in the building is natural light.
The structure is located near the Norton Commons town center and has been designed to reflect local architecture from the 19th century. Broken into three differentiated components, the building contains three facades reflecting two townhouses and a commercial building and represents the first commercial building in Norton Commons to include sustainable concepts.
CMTA hopes to use the building to test the efficiency and effectiveness of many of the systems installed in the building to create better sustainable buildings in the future.