Renewable Choice Energy Client, CONSOL Energy Center, First NHL Arena To Achieve LEED Gold Certification
CONSOL Energy Center has achieved LEED Gold certification, becoming the first NHL arena to reach that standard of sustainability, it was announced today by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sports & Exhibition Authority.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), established by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the nationally-accepted standard for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED ratings are based on a points system organized by categories such as energy and atmosphere, building materials and resources, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design.
The CONSOL Energy Center project achieved 42 points under this system, as verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). A minimum of 39 points is required for LEED Gold certification. The official designation is LEED-NC Version 2.2.
“The Penguins and the SEA were committed to having a LEED building from the start of this project, and early on we realized that we had a chance to go for LEED Gold,” said Ken Sawyer, CEO of the Penguins. “Thanks to the tremendous work and support of our design and construction partners and local and state political leaders, we are proud to have CONSOL Energy Center designated as the first LEED Gold arena in the NHL.”
Read the full article at Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Club News.