Green building leaders going beyond LEED

Sumner Byrne
October 12, 2021

We’re celebrating LEED Week from October 11-15. Check out the full LEED Lookbook of 50 iconic LEED-certified projects across the world that are providing more sustainable, efficient and healthy spaces for their occupants — from family homes to skyscrapers.

More than 110,000 projects are participating in LEED across 180+ countries and territories, comprising over 24 billion square feet. To further their sustainability goals, these four projects have taken on additional certifications from GBCI’s suite of programs.

TRUE certification helps facilities define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health. Additionally, LEED Zero Waste certification is achieved by combining TRUE Platinum and LEED certifications. PEER certification measures and improves power system performance and electricity infrastructure. You can explore the full suite of GBCI-administered programs and credentials here.

Petinelli Curitiba in Curitiba, Brazil

LEED Zero Energy, LEED Zero Carbon, LEED Zero Waste

In Brazil, engineering firm Petinelli Curitiba’s headquarters achieved the world’s first LEED Zero Energy certification, followed by LEED Zero Carbon and LEED Zero Waste certifications. All energy is produced on-site, with an energy use intensity for the site of only 25 kilowatt hours per square meter per year. A 15-kilowatt photovoltaic array provides around 125% of the energy needed to run the 25-person office. An emphasis on circular practices, waste reduction and employee engagement helped Petinelli achieve TRUE Platinum, which when combined with their LEED Platinum certification, led to a LEED Zero Waste certification.

Method Soap Factory (People Against Dirty) in Chicago, Illinois

LEED Zero Waste

The Method Soap Factory was the first LEED Zero Waste certified project in the world through their TRUE Platinum and LEED Platinum certifications. Located in the Pullman Factory District in Chicago’s South Side, its 75,000 square foot (6,968 square meter) rooftop greenhouse produces one million pounds of food annually, which is sold to local restaurants. The factory itself houses manufacturing, bottling and distribution all under one roof, which dramatically cuts down on its carbon footprint. A 230-foot (70 meter) 600kW wind turbine produces about 30% of the factory’s energy, and three solar trees each with 60PV modules can supply 45.9 kW of energy.

Colgate-Palmolive Burlington Site in Burlington, New Jersey

TRUE Zero Energy, LEED Zero Carbon, LEED Zero Waste, LEED Zero Water

The Colgate-Palmolive Burlington Site is the world’s first project to earn LEED Zero in all four categories (Energy, Carbon, Waste and Water). LEED Zero Waste is earned by meeting the requirements of Platinum-level TRUE certification. Its 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy targets 100% renewable electricity by 2030, net zero carbon emissions in its operations by 2040 and a completely TRUE-certified portfolio by 2025. Colgate already has 22 TRUE-certified projects across 12 countries and 5 continents, with 14 more projects registered – the most TRUE-certified projects in the world.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (Pragati Maidan Metro Station) in Delhi, India

LEED Gold, PEER Gold

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is the first transit system in the world to earn LEED certification. To further improve the resilience of this sprawling metro system, which serves an average of 4.7 million customers daily, DMRC is using PEER certification to modernize and build resilience into each of their metro lines. Most recently, the Blue line (which includes 51 stations) added solar panels to generate 12-15% of their station consumption. Additional strategies have reduced their energy savings by 30-35%, while providing them with more reliable, resilient and sustainable infrastructure.

Check out the full LEED Lookbook of 50 iconic LEED-certified projects across the world that are providing more sustainable, efficient and healthy spaces for their occupants.