The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has relocated its Washington, D.C., offices into a sustainable building, re-affirming the cement industry's commitment to sustainable development.
PCA moved its D.C. offices to the National Association of Realtors building in June. The concrete-framed, glass-clad structure built on a brownfield site is the district's first LEED-certified new building, achieving a Silver Rating. Short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED is the widely accepted rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The buildout of PCA's office space also meets LEED requirements. The office space was designed to capitalize on the building's access to daylight and scenic views. All interior offices have glass fronts, which allow daylight to penetrate the space and lessen the need for electricity during the day. Daylight responsive controls were installed in all regularly occupied areas to manage light levels at different times of the day.
PCA's offices exceed the water efficiency requirements by more than 30%, and more than 70% of the appliances and office equipment are ENERGY STAR rated. Additionally, the location provides PCA employees with easy access to commuter rails and buses.