Green Building

Ladera Corporate Terrace has been awarded LEED Gold certification for Building 999 and LEED Certification for Building 777 from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In addition, all requirements have been satisfied and documentation submitted for Building 555 to be awarded LEED Gold certification and for Building 333 to be awarded LEED Silver certification by the USGBC.

The USGBC is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

The LEED rating system is comprised of 5 different credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.

Building 999 has incorporated the following “green” elements in fulfillment of the LEED requirements:

• Stormwater runoff from the building site is diverted to a comprehensive, state-of-the-art stormwater management system where it is treated for the removal of pollutants (total suspended solids, phosphorous and others).

• The heat gain associated with a dark roof (known as the “heat island effect”) negatively impacts the surrounding community. Building 999 has installed a white, “cool” roof in order to minimize the project’s heat island effect.

• Reclaimed/recycled water provided by the Santa Margarita Water District will be used to irrigate the project’s landscaped areas.

• Low-flow plumbing fixtures, including dual-flush toilets (which have two levels of water use, depending on the need) will reduce the project’s water use by over 40%.

• All composite wood products (for cabinetry, etc.) on the project are free of added urea-formaldehyde resins and binders.

• The project’s energy consumption was reduced by 29.3% over California’s Title-24 energy code through the use of efficient mechanical equipment and thermally-protected glass.

• Roughly 75% of the waste generated during the construction of the building was recycled. Recycled items include wood scraps, steel, and drywall.
• Building tenants are in control of their thermal comfort via the inclusion of temperature and humidity sensors.

• Many of the project’s building materials contain a percentage of recycled content. Others were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site, thereby reducing the necessity of transporting goods across the country.

• The adhesives, sealants, and paints that were used on the project are considered “low-emitting” (i.e. they minimize the amount of harmful chemicals – VOCs – that off-gas and contaminate indoor air quality).

• The project’s mechanical equipment utilizes refrigerants that are free of HCFCs and Halons, both of which are known to deplete the ozone layer.

• Indoor air quality is improved via the installation of walk-off mats, which captures the particulates/contaminants dragged into the building on a person’s shoes.

• Preferred parking spaces are provided for those who carpool to Building 999, thus encouraging building tenants to ride-share to work.