The Hoosier Lottery headquarters is located in Indianapolis in the Buick building, which is certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.
What Is Green Building?
Green building is an approach toward building design, construction, operation and removal that seeks to reduce human impact on the environment while fostering healthy and comfortable communities.
Benefits of Going Green
Buildings make a huge impact on the environment. Therefore the benefits of green building are numerous, and may be categorized among three fronts:
- Enhance/protect biodiversity and ecosystems
- Improve air and water quality
- Reduce waste streams
- Conserve and restore natural resources
- Reduce operating costs
- Improve occupant productivity
- Optimize life-cycle economic performance
- Create, expand, and shape markets for green products and services
- Enhance occupant comfort and health
- Heighten aesthetic qualities
- Minimize strain on local infrastructure
- Improve overall quality of life
Why Build Green?
A building should make an impact ... just not on the environment! In the U.S., buildings consume:
- 40% of total energy consumed
- 68% of electricity consumed
- 12% of potable water supplies
- 40% of raw materials consumed
- 38% of carbon dioxide emissions
What Makes Our Building Green?
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their building’s performance by recognizing these six key elements:
- Sustainable Site
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Innovation and Design
A number of these elements have been implemented throughout the design, construction and operation of The Buick Building.
The Buick building is on a previously developed site to reduce pressure on undeveloped land. It is important to choose a previously developed site because environmental damage caused by new construction can take years to repair.
The Buick receives 100% of its power from Wind Farms in the Midwest. Buying Green Power may be a little more expensive than nonrenewable electricity, but buying Green Power creates incentives for further development of renewable energy facilities.
Water Use Reduction
To achieve this credit, one must first calculate the baseline water consumption for a building then install more efficient water fixtures to achieve a 20% reduction. The Buick has realized a 22% water use reduction.
Construction Waste Management
The Buick building diverted 71% of all the construction waste from landfills by recycling, reusing, or donating. During the construction of The Buick 437.7 tons of clean-fill, 32.27 tons of metal, 14.56 tons of glass, 8.09 tons of drywall, and 51.4 tons of sheet iron were recycled.
Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof--This credit rewards the reuse of a building’s structural components. This reduces the energy use caused by manufacturing new materials, while prolonging the enjoyment of a building’s character and history. The Buick building has been around since 1923 and is designated as a historically significant building in Indiana’s rich automobile history. The renovation of The Buick building reused 97% of the existing walls, floor and roof.
Based on the material cost, 42% of all materials on The Buick site were manufactured within 500 miles of the jobsite. This increases the demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation (trucks, trains, ships, planes, etc.).
Flooring Systems--All carpets installed in The Buick meet the testing and product requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus Program. All carpet adhesives contain Volatile Organic Compound limits of 50g/L. All hard surface flooring is certified as compliant with the FloorScore standard. Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products--Composite products and laminating adhesives have no added Ura-Formaldehyde resins. Formaldehyde is a naturally occuring VOC.
Based on the material costs, 17% of all materials that arrived on The Buick jobsite were recycled. Products with recycled content reduce virgin material use and solid waste volumes. As the number of building products containing recycled material grows, the marketplace for recycled materials develops.
Water Efficient Landscaping
Outdoor water use, primarily landscaping, accounts for 30% of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the U.S. The Buick building is helping to reduce those numbers by planing native and adaptive species. Native plants have adapted to local conditions over thousands of years and can survive winter cold and summer heat, requiring no irrigation or fertilization. Native species are resistant to most pests and diseases and create a better environment.
In 2006, 76% of commuters in America drove to work alone. Of the remaining 24% who used alternative means of transportation, only 5% used public transportation and 11% carpooled. The Buick building provides occupants with bike racks, changing facilities, preferred parking, and access to four different public bus systems within a 1/4 mile walking radius to encourage use of alternative forms of transportation. There are nine preferred parking spots for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles.
EA Minimum Energy Performance
The goal is to establish the minimum level of energy efficiency for the proposed building and systems to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use. For new building you must demonstrate a 10% improvement in the proposed building performance rating. The Buick achieved a 22.45% improvement in the building performance rating.
A white roof with a high Solar Reflectance Index helps combat the Urban Heat Island Effect. The Buick building has a white roof on close to 100% of the total roof area. Also, by minimzing energy use, white roofs do more than save money: they reduce the demand for electric power and its resulting air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Green Cleaning Program
The Buick’s janitorial service and building tenants are educated about the importance of environmentally preferred cleaning products. Shiel Sexton and Alternative Cleaning created a program to discuss the products, procedures, and training required to take full advantage of environmentally conscious cleaning practices. The program includes the use of Green Seal Certified Products and paper products with 100% recycled content.
Shower Facilities and Bike Racks
Along with providing an alternative means of transportation, the two shower facilities and five bike racks in The Buick promote a more active lifestyle. If employees are encouraged to ride a bike to work, it will decrease automobile use. Automobile use contributes to smoke and air pollution. Riding a bike instead of driving to work will require no demand for petroleum-based fuels, relieve traffic congestion, and reduce noise pollution.