Music City Center Announces Leed Green Building Certification
The Music City Center has been awarded LEED® Gold certification for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green buildings.
LEED recognizes five key areas of environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Features key to the Music City Center’s LEED Gold certification include a green roof, a rainwater harvest system and extensive LED lighting with specialized controls. The four-acre green roof, currently the largest in the Southeast, is composed of 14 different types of vegetation which slow rainwater runoff and direct it to a 360,000 gallon collection tank. Harvested rainwater is then used to flush over 500 toilets/urinals and irrigate outdoor landscaping. All toilets, urinals and faucets in the Music City Center utilize low-flow technology and are part of the water management plan that reduces the facility’s overall water usage by 40 percent. The roof helps to reduce energy usage by absorbing heat and acting as an insulator to reduce the amount of energy needed to provide heating and cooling to the facility. As lighting can account for 30 percent of energy used in buildings, the Music City Center uses LED lighting equipped with occupancy sensors, photo sensors and dimmable ballasts to reduce energy use. On average, the building will consume 20 percent less energy than conventionally designed buildings of the same type.
A leading destination in green meetings, the Music City Center has hosted more than 250 events with over 300,000 attendees since opening May 2013.
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