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DC area gets sustainable value with One Potomac Yard

One Potomac Yard in Arlington, Virginia, owned by a fund managed by J.P. Morgan, was built in 2006 to be a sustainable building. The 315,000-square-foot Class A office building received LEED Gold certification for New Construction, and that was just the beginning. Facility manager Jones Lang LaSalle has built a partnership between our team, the owner and the sole tenant, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has exceeded everyone’s goals for sustainability and savings. Green design and operational features include:

  • Installed energy efficient attributes including HVAC controls and metering, high-efficiency light bulbs, motion sensors and a daylight harvesting system that helps save an estimated $95,000 annually in electrical costs
  • Increased indoor water efficiency to 39 percent above average, thanks to low-flow and low-flush plumbing fixtures, and no outdoor irrigation or pesticide use due to a green roof and native, drought-resistant landscaping
  • Improved indoor air quality through the use of C02 sensors and green housekeeping products and cleaning methods
  • Promoted an EPA-driven recycling program that increased waste diversion rates almost 20 percent over three years, saving over $100,000

Sustainable benefits have reduced operating costs for One Potomac Yard by 20 percent, $1.80 per square foot less than that of comparable office buildings in the suburban DC area, which represents an annual savings of $567,000. In 2008, the property became the first in Virginia to achieve LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. In May 2010, it received a TOBY award as Office Building of the Year from the Mid-Atlantic Region of BOMA.

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