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LEED Information

What Is LEED?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a framework for, and promote, environmentally conscious buildings. A LEED-certified building is one that was designed and constructed using strategies that focus on:

  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Material & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Design Innovation
  • Educational Awareness

LEED-certified buildings are designed to ultimately lower operating costs, increase asset value, reduce landfill waste, conserve energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide a healthy environment for occupants.

The United States Green Building Council recognizes many different project types for a LEED certification. The Ambler Boiler House is classified as a Core & Shell project type; it received 85 out of 110 possible credits, earning a Platinum level certification. You can read more about the LEED program and the Ambler Boiler House project here.

Some innovative and “green” aspects utilized throughout the design include:

  • a ground‐source geothermal heat pump system, which boosts the efficiency of the HVAC system by utilizing the earth as a heat source and sink
  • roofing materials that reduce solar heat gain
  • highly efficient lighting designs and window materials that provide high‐performance glazing and daylight harvesting, maximizing visible light transmittance while minimizing solar heat gain
  • a building automation system (BAS), a highly efficient heating and cooling system which controls the building temperature during off hours
  • interior materials of high recycled content and low emissions of VOC’s
  • environmentally sensitive cleaning methods and products
  • preferred parking for fuel-efficient and low‐emitting vehicles

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In addition to the above, the proximity to the adjacent Septa R‐5 station encourages the use of public transportation, the proximity to the Main Street District of Ambler promotes a pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment, and the Boiler House has made bicycle storage accessible on the property; all of these features contribute to the achievement of receiving a LEED Platinum certification.

Summit Realty Advisors, LLC

Office: 484-532-7830
Fax: 484-532-7833
201 S. Maple Avenue, Suite 100
Ambler, PA 19002