Trinidad and Tobago registers first 'green' building
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Trinidad and Tobago has registered its first "green" building.
RGM’s flagship commercial property, Savannah East, secured Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification, making it the first ever green building in the country, according to Loop.
LEED is the internationally recognized, independent verification that a building was designed, built and will operate in an environmentally responsible way.
“Well-maintained LEED-certified buildings produce less waste, are more energy efficient (thereby cutting down utility costs), and boost productivity by creating better working environments," the company said in a release.
"The certification also speaks to corporate responsibility: Savannah East generates much less waste and has a smaller impact on the surrounding community than a non-LEED building. RGM hopes that this example of sustainability will help to make environmentally conscious construction a priority, just as health and safety considerations are now the industry norm, and is committed to sustainable development and practices for its existing buildings, as well as future developments."
Savannah East is also the first building certified under LEED-CS v2009 in the English-speaking Caribbean.
As its name suggests, Savannah East is on the eastern side of the Queen’s Park Savannah, and boasts several innovative eco-friendly features, including solar-powered lighting, rainwater capture for irrigation, insulated glass windows and a living wall.
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