LEED Earth Project Pioneers: Customer-First Approach Inspires Lithuania's First LEED Building
- June 23, 2016
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The first LEED building in Lithuania is the 10-story Technopolis Vilnius Beta.
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Technopolis Vilnius Beta
Lithuania’s LEED Gold Technopolis Vilnius Beta building is part of the Technopolis Ozas campus in the capital of Vilnius. The campus comprises three buildings that house 14 global and local companies, employing approximately 3,700 people on site. The Beta building, completed in 2010, offers occupants a sustainable and inspirational workplace across 10 floors. The main goals of the LEED certification process were to reduce the building’s environmental footprint, as well as to improve occupant satisfaction, maintenance quality and operational expense management. The LEED certification process was carried out in 12 months, and the project was awarded certification under the Operations and Maintenance (O+M) rating system for existing buildings in November 2015.
“We aim to offer added value to existing and prospective customers with third-party verified sustainability and by using an internationally recognized certification. We are proud to be the first building with the LEED certificate in Lithuania,” says Lina Paukste, Vilnius business unit director.
The process included a customer participation survey asking for feedback on commuting preferences, indoor air quality and acoustics. Technopolis also developed green policies for cleaning, purchasing and waste management in addition to improving maintenance practices. The buildings’ technical properties and indoor conditions were reviewed together with the maintenance partner, Mano Bustas, for the certification. The LEED consultant for the project was Green Building Partners Ltd.
The Beta building, like the rest of the campus, is highly energy-efficient, with an Energy Star score of 98, which is 42 percent higher than the minimum level required by certification. The campus provides 100 percent renewable electricity to its customers, which amounts to a reduction of 400 tons and 1,375 tons of CO2 for the Beta building and the campus, respectively.
Technopolis is a publicly listed company with 250 employees, and specializes in real estate and leasing. Its core business idea is to provide a premium customer experience through flexible business environments and scalable services. As part of that commitment, Technopolis aims to certify all of its new construction projects and potential existing buildings under LEED.
LEED around the world
Currently, there are 160 countries and territories using LEED. LEED Earth has helped catalyze green building in markets where sustainable building practices are not as prevalent, and is an important first step in steering communities toward a more resilient, healthy and sustainable future.
To date, India, China, Mexico and Canada have certified their first LEED v4 Platinum buildings. Countries that have certified their first LEED building as part of the campaign include Bolivia, Burundi, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Pakistan, Serbia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ukraine and Venezuela.
By Amanda Sawit, Content Specialist U.S. Green Building Council