“World’s Greenest Building” Still Slated as Greenest Under LEED-NC v3.0

Independence Station, a $15 million mixed-use development under construction in Independence, Ore., is on track to become the “world’s greenest building,” according to developers, when it opens next year. They say this expectation is partially based on projected points earned through LEED 2009 v3.0.

Under a previous version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, According to a project announcement, Independence Station was projected to earn a total of 64 to 66 points out of 69 points possible. Under the new system, which is based on a consistent 100-point scale with bonus points available, it is projected to likely earn between 101 and 106 points out of a possible 110 points.

“With the new scoring system, as well as other planned features, Independence Station is still projected to become the world’s greenest building,” says Steven Ribeiro of Aldeia LLC, project developer. “Perhaps even more important, LEED v3.0 challenges developers to make buildings more energy efficient than ever before and rates us for monitoring energy usage after our LEED score is achieved. We are pleased to formalize these extra steps, and we hope other developers will out-score us in the future.”

Serious Windows of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Westview Products of Dallas, Ore., a manufacturer of products that include skylights, sunrooms and patio enclosures, supplied materials for the project.