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ShoWare Center – Kent, Washington

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The ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington has received a LEED Gold-NC certification. The center is a 154,000-square-foot multipurpose arena, home to Seattle Thunderbirds and other events.

LEED (standing for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), is it the future for all real-estate, or a monopoly on environmental sustainability architecture?

At least for the ShoWare Center, it earned its LEED Gold rating with the following:

“• A variety of water-efficient features, including dual-flush toilets and low-flow fixtures, that will lead to an estimated 40 percent savings in water usage.
• Energy smart lighting, heating and cooling systems, including the ice-making equipment, which is predicted to reduce energy use by 37 percent over the national standards.
• A rainwater collection system that uses water obtained from the roof to replenish the existing wetlands adjacent to the center’s site. The parking area is constructed over a layer of gravel, which will help hold stormwater runoff and provide controlled release of rainwater back into the drainage system.”

Completed in 27 months. Simple materials, interactive space, reasonable budget. Can’t say much about where LEED stands and where it will go, but what they strive for is definitely  beneficial for the country with their high standards for reasonable budgets, sustainability, eco-friendly systems, aesthic designs, waste, and the list goes on and on. From what I heard, to be a LEED-certified realtor, you need to study and take the LEED exam, which supposedly has around a 30% passing rate, last I heard.

Read more about the ShoWare Center here:
http://www.archinnovations.com/news/new-projects/leed-gold-nc-rating-showare-event-center/

For more on LEED: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership_in_Energy_and_Environmental_Design

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Written by jennykwoo

August 1, 2009 at 6:57 am

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