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City adopts Gold LEED building standard

The City of Kansas City, Mo., has adopted revised construction standards for City projects based on the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This change recognizes the increasing trend of Kansas City area architectural projects to adopt LEED certification standards, and builds upon the success of many recent City building projects that have exceeded the requirements for a LEED Silver rating.

“The architectural community’s response to sustainable building design in Kansas City is very encouraging, as it demonstrates this region's commitment to thinking beyond today,” said Councilwoman Cindy Circo. “By adopting the higher LEED Gold Standard, the City sets a great example that increases momentum for responsible design that benefits generations to come.”

LEED certification standards are aimed at improving performance with metrics for energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emission reductions, construction waste management practices, improved indoor environmental quality, onsite storm water management, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

“This modification makes Kansas City one of just three cities in the United States that has formally adopted this level of building standards for its own construction projects,” said Bob Berkebile of BNIM architects. “It sends a clear message that the City is serious about building practices that increase performance, including human health and productivity, while reducing costs for the City. This is smart government at its best.”

The revised City standard, adopted through Ordinance Number 110235, clarifies that all City projects are required to achieve a LEED Gold rating and be certified by the USGBC unless there are compelling reasons for the City’s LEED Standards Committee to grant an exception.

The LEED Silver rating was initially adopted by the City in 2004 and has been achieved or exceeded in numerous City projects including: the Vehicle Impound Facility (Gold); the Vehicle Processing Facility (Gold); the Bartle Hall Ballroom expansion (Silver); and the Southeast Community Center (Silver). Additional projects currently under construction that are anticipated to achieve a LEED certification include the Metro Patrol Police Station, the Public Works' Traffic Signal Synchronization Center and the Police Headquarters.

Information and media requests about the City’s adoption of the LEED Gold Standard or the City’s environmental programs should be directed to Dennis Murphey, the City’s chief environmental officer, at 816-513-3459.


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