High Performance Features: LEED Features

A Performance Plus: 2020 Gateway is LEED Gold Certified. 

2020 Gateway was the first privately funded building in Sacramento to go for LEED Gold Certification. With this certification comes a range of special building features that create the optimal environment for employee productivity, energy and water savings, environmental sustainability and more.

About USGBC and LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council is a coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.

 

Energy and Atmosphere

  • 71.6% of the electricity for 2020 Gateway's shell and core is produced from wind, solar and geothermal.
  • Energy usage is 26% better than California’s Title 24 Energy Standards. This represents 86,646 tons less carbon dioxide than would otherwise enter the atmosphere per year.  This is equivalent to the carbon output of 7,265 households.
  • No CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) were used in 2020 Gateway's HVAC system. CFCs are known to damage the earth’s ozone layer.

 

Water Usage and Conservation

  • 100% of the irrigation water for the 14 acres of landscaping is recycled water from the HVAC system.

 

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • 75% of 2020 Gateway's interior spaces have access to natural daylight and views.
  • 100% of the building and outdoor areas near the entries are tobacco smoke free.
  • 100% of carpet, paints and adhesives are free of VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions; no fumes or odors.
  • 2020 Gateway's air filtration system is equivalent to hospital standards.
  • Standard office filters have an efficiency of 35% +/-. 2020 Gateway filters have an efficiency of 95 - 99%

 

Waste Control

  • 95% of 2020 Gateway's construction waste was diverted from a land fill.

 

Sustainable Materials

  • Wood used in the building was harvested from sustainable forests.

 

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Enhanced Productivity
“LEED Gold and Platinum buildings are more comprehensive in applying IEQ-related measures and therefore should be viewed as providing larger productivity and health benefits than Certified or Silver level green buildings." (from A Report to California's Sustainable Building Task Force published October 2003.)