The rooftop at 10 G Street is about to get a lot greener—3,000 square feet to be exact. In real estate-scarce cities, commercial property owners nationwide are turning roof space into green space.
On this project, WRI and the property owner, the American Psychological Association, are soon to break ground (or roof) on its 8-story office building near Union Station in Washington, DC. Green roofs are a great idea in general, but what makes this one especially cool is the labyrinth at the center with its 7-circle design, like those found in some ground-level parks.
Green roofs are advantageous not just for their aesthetics and the improvement they make to the urban landscape. Commercial property is a major energy consumer, and in the United States is responsible for 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. And considering the amount of time most people spend at work, environmental improvements to the workplace equate to better human health and well-being.
Here are a few green roof benefits:
Green roofs are but one option that businesses are employing to green the workplace and urban environments. APA recently announced a 2½-year agreement with Pepco Energy Services to provide 100 percent green power to the building. And last year, WRI completed a LEED-CI Gold Certified 7,000 square foot buildout of its green office space to increase energy efficiency, reduce materials waste and improve its work environment.
The 10 G Street project is a partnership between APA and WRI, with funding and support from the TKF Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Contact me, Nancy Kiefer, for more information or to schedule a tour of WRI’s office space.