Press Release as of May 12, 2010:
HARTFORD, Conn. The Phoenix Companies, Inc. today announced that its landmark One American Row building, located in Hartford, Connecticut, has been awarded Silver-level LEEDÂ® certification for existing buildings (LEED-EB) by the U.S. Green Building Council.
It is the first office building to receive LEED-EB Silver certification in the City of Hartford and only the second office building to receive certification in the state of Connecticut. In addition, One American Row becomes the first office building in New England, and one of the few in the United States, that is both on the National Register of Historic Places and LEED-EB certified.
The locally dubbed â€œboat buildingâ€ opened in 1963 and is prized as a stellar example of the Modernist architectural style, with its unique form and two-sided lenticular plan. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Managed by the National Park Service, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of historical resources worthy of preservation.
The U.S. Green Building Councilâ€™s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System â„¢ is a voluntary third-party rating system where credits are earned for satisfying specified green building criteria. Projects are evaluated within five environmental categories, including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality, with additional points available for innovations.
Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of certification are awarded based on the total credits earned. With an ENERGY STAR rating of 89, One American Row garnered 12 out of a possible 15 LEED points for Optimizing Energy Efficiency Performance, with the Green Cleaning program obtaining 7 out of a possible 9 LEED points. Overall, One American Row came within 5 points of obtaining Gold certification.