When the Arlington Department of Human Services opens the doors to its new offices at 2100 Washington Blvd. this summer, staff and visitors will be greeted by an interior that offers a healthy, productive setting, is less costly to operate and maintain, and has a reduced environmental footprint.
The new human services center is seeking certification by the U.S. green Building Council, whose LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system has been a catalyst for sustainable building. The Department of Human Services is working toward certification as LEED-CI (for corporate interiors), which is the green benchmark for the tenant improvement market.
LEED-CI works much the same way as the other LEED certification programs, with projects earning points in the categories of site selection, water, energy, materials and indoor air quality. Because designers of interior projects don’t always have control over whole-building operations, LEED-CI allows more points for materials than for mechanical systems.