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    LEED at The Hale

    Image of The Hale in Washington DC.

    Proud to be LEED

    The Hale achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiencies, material selection and environmental quality.

    Sustainable Sites

    • Electric vehicle charging stations are provided in the garage. Level II charging is provided for EVs.
    • The project has a large green roof and bioretention that contributes to stormwater management.
    • The Hale is in a transit-oriented location close to a Metro Station. In, addition being in a densely developed urban area provides ample opportunity for walking, bicycling, and other non-vehicular transportation.

    Water Efficiency

    Low flow water fixtures installed in the building save over 31% compared to the LEED baseline. Water savings from efficient fixtures save an estimated 8,327,531 gallons of water per year. Plumbing fixture flow rates are below:

    • Lavatory Faucets – 1 gallon per minute
    • Toilets – 1.28 gallons per flush
    • Showers – 1.75 gallons per minute
    • Kitchen Faucets – 1.5 gallons per minute The landscape design results in additional site water savings due to use of drip irrigation and native/adaptive plants. Water savings from the landscape design are an estimated 82% of water in the peak summer watering month compared to the LEED baseline.

    Energy and Atmosphere

    The Hale has been designed to meet and exceed ASHRAE 90.1-2010 energy standards. A whole building energy model was developed to determine the building’s energy performance and savings. The projected energy savings are 23% in energy cost compared to the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 baseline. Savings come from the following measures:

    • High efficiency lighting in the garage and common areas
    • Lighting occupancy sensors in common areas including in corridors and stairwells
    • Amenity spaces have daylight sensors in areas near windows.
    • High efficiency VRF HVAC systems

    Materials and Resources

    • The Hale has sourced materials with environmental product declarations that detail the product’s life cycle environmental impact. At least 20 products used in the building have EPDs.
    • Over 75% of construction waste has been diverted from landfills.

    Indoor Environmental Quality

    • The project implemented a Construction IAQ Management Plan during construction.
    • Another measure to improve indoor air quality was use of low VOC paints, adhesives, sealants, insulation and flooring. These permanently installed finishes were low VOC materials per LEED standards.