This is part 1 of a 2-part series on how LEED has evolved over the past decade. Using the Environmental Defense Fund–Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Washington, DC, office as a comparative basis, David Kay and Carissa Gavin dig into the requirements for certification as they have progressed with new standards and technologies.
The design team* approached the 275,000 square feet of space with security, sustainability, and appropriate imagery in mind. And the end result? A LEED-certified, award-winning space — including Glass Magazine’s \”â€œMost Innovative Energy-Efficient Glass Project– Crystal Achievement Award in 2010.
Companies have moved beyond focusing on reducing costs; rather, they–Ã¢â€žÂ¢re seeking alternative work strategies (without spending their own extra money to execute their own strategies) to provide an engaging workspace–one which offers what coworking provides — community, collaboration, and productivity.
What made coworking a sensible idea is the shift in technology from big bulky desktop machines to a mobile world we live in now, where anyone can work from anywhere. That being said working from coffee shops or your couch isn’t the ideal situation. Technology liberated us from our cubicles and stuffy offices; however, it didn’t provide a better physical space for us.