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US Embassy Panama, Clayton, Panama

Friday 08 Aug 2008

LEEDing the way

US Embassy Panama by EYP in Clayton, Panama
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US Embassy Panama by EYP in Clayton, Panama
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US Embassy in Panama earns LEED certification 

A US Embassy compound in Panama has become only the second Embassy to earn LEED certification. LEED is the US benchmark used to award buildings with outstanding sustainable value. The only other Embassy the U.S Green Building Council have given certification to was the Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering, P.C. (EYP)-designed compound in Panama City incorporates a wide range of sustainable technologies and strategies. The site includes an erosion and sedimentation control plan, promotes the use of mass transit and cycling and reduces the urban heat island effect of extensive hard surface areas. Water consumption for irrigation is reduced by 50 percent and potable water use is reduced by 32 percent through the use of innovative bathroom fixtures.

Energy efficiency measures are incorporated throughout the building design, including improved roof insulation, lighting controls, and improved HVAC standards. More than 32 percent of the building materials were produced within 500 miles of the project site, and efficient waste collection and dedicated recycling facilities were integral to the building design.

Finally, the Embassy provides an educational program for the inhabitants, explaining the integration of security and sustainable design strategies, technologies and benefits so they may get the most use out of this integrated approach.

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