On May 2, 2013 Fifth Street Towers was awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold designation, representing the most comprehensive evaluation of a facility’s sustainability and environmental impact. Globally recognized, a LEED Gold rating is one of the highest offered by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is a result of lowered operational costs, reduced landfill waste, conserved water and energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Fifth Street Towers achieved this certification by upgrading HVAC systems and installing low-flow water fixtures on over 1,000 sinks, toilets and urinals to reduce utility usage by 30%. The property already installed automatic towel dispensers, core-less toilet paper and biodegradable foaming hand soap in all restrooms, and had a third-party waste stream audit reveal the property’s overall recycling diversion rate is an astounding 50%. Combined with the LED lighting updates, individually-controlled heat pumps, and automated energy management systems this property received an Energy Star rating of 92. This 92 percentile ranking means that for every 100 buildings across the USA which earned the designation, Fifth Street Towers outperformed 91 of them.
Attaining a LEED Gold designation marks the culmination of decades of effort to recognize Fifth Street Towers’ environmental commitments, and illustrates the staff’s hard work towards making Fifth Street Towers one of the finest projects in the market.