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McDonald Electric is proud to have participated in numerous projects with Jacob White Dev. in which LEED certifications were achieved.  In November, three of Jacob White’s real estate developments achieved LEED Platinum certification, ranking Jacob White, as the only private developer, owner or manager to have earned three or more Platinum certifications. Headquartered just south of Houston, Texas, since 1992, Jacob White is one of world’s leading sustainable real estate innovators, providing integrated, healthy, high performance green building development, design, construction and management.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – In November, three Texas projects by one developer – Jacob White Development – achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification: 12941 Gulf Freeway in Houston, 253 Medical Center Boulevard in Webster, and the company’s headquarters at 2000 West Parkwood in Friendswood, all just south of Houston, Texas, near NASA.

Globally, Adobe Corporation and Jacob White Construction are the first companies to have achieved at least three LEED Platinum certifications.

Notably, Jacob White’s headquarters is the first LEED for Core & Shell 2009 certified in the world. And, the Gulf Freeway office center is the world’s third highest scoring LEED CS 2.0.

Additionally, the Gulf Freeway Office Building earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rare “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR” (DEES) certification - placing it among only 250 others with this certification in the U.S. and among the nation’s top 4% of energy-efficient commercial office buildings.

Each of the three LEED Platinum Jacob White buildings has received ENERGY STAR Target Finder scores of 94 to 96 out of 100, placing their intended energy performance among the top 4%-6% of comparable buildings.

Beyond the visible features, two green building strategies are paramount to Jacob White: ensuring a healthy, productive environment for occupants, and reducing long-term operating costs through energy efficiency.

Energy modeling and ENERGY STAR’s Target Finder tool confirm both. Jacob White’s three buildings are projected to prevent 30%-54% more greenhouse gas emissions than conventionally designed commercial offices and medical office buildings, and use 30%-54% less energy, saving more than $2,126,250 on utility bills over the next 25 years.”

Jacob White’s most notable green building strategies and achievements with these three buildings were:
  • 100% offsite, utility Green-e® Certified green power since 2007
  • 100% irrigation water from extreme rainwater catchment, gray water & green roof systems
  • 100% lush, and even edible, extensive green roofs
  • 90%-100% direct outdoor views in regularly occupied spaces
  • 82%-90% construction waste diverted from landfills
  • 21%-57% recycled materials
  • 32%-60% regionally manufactured materials
  • 29%-67% of sites are permeable
  • 30-54% less energy and carbon than average, comparable buildings.
  • 24%-39% more energy efficient than baseline in 2004 code
  • ENERGY STAR Target Finder scores of 94-96 out of 100, worth $2,126,250 in 25-year projected energy savings

About LEED (www.usgbc.org and www.gbci.org)
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 36,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED system, comprising over 7.8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 127 countries.
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