FIGURE 4-3 Illustration depicting air currents of an under floor air distribution system.
SOURCE: Rives Taylor, presentation, January 18, 2012.

Another example of sustainable building design at the industrial level is a LEED platinum project at a global energy corporation (name not disclosed). This building is 423,500 gross square feet in area, has an occupancy of 2,200 seats, and generates its own power through a cogeneration plant using natural gas. This building also captures rainwater, condensate, and groundwater to generate somewhere between 100,000 and 115,000 gallons a day of nonpotable water used to flush toilets and irrigate, Mr. Taylor said. This building reduces water use by over 68 percent and although it is an energy-intensive building, it optimizes the energy it uses. There are catalysts for transforming a city into a livable city, which requires thinking at a much larger scale, Mr. Taylor said in conclusion. The challenge is looking not at an individual building, but at streets, blocks, or districts. It’s having a city that is diverse and that has green infrastructure, efficient mass transit, accessible medical care, and integrated parks and trees.

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