Posted by: BayAreaComRE | December 22, 2009

Transamerica Pyramid Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The iconic Transamerica Pyramid Center (including adjacent 505 Sansome) has acheived the LEED Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to a press release, the Pyramid generates 70% of its own electricity, pays 25% less per year for utilities now, and recycles or composts 70% of ongoing consumables that would normally be sent to landfills. This is great news for San Francisco and Mayor Gavin Newsome was there to chime in on the announcement.

“San Franciscans now have another reason to appreciate one of our city’s most recognizable structures. Other iconic high rises, sucha as the Empire State Building in New York City, are still trying to achieve gold ratings – we’re proving to others it can be done, and setting an example for other cities. This award demonstrates a serious commitment to the environment and should be an example to other properties on how they can help us create a sustainable future through green building techniques.”

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