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Cushman & Wakefield capture LEED gold for headquarters


New York City Real Estate firm Cushman & Wakefield announced Tuesday that its world headquarters facility located at 1290 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan has received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification issued by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“This achievement demonstrates our commitment to enhance the environmental performance of our own business as we continue to proactively engage and support our clients in the adoption of sustainability practices,” said John C. Santora, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield, Americas.

Highlights of Cushman & Wakefield’s sustainability initiatives undertaken at its Midtown Manhattan headquarters include a 30% reduction in water usage and a 25% reduction in lighting power density below the ASHRAE standard, which was achieved partially through the use of daylight sensors and dimmable ballasts as well as a policy to ensure the purchase of low-mercury lamps. 

Additionally, more than 75% of the construction waste from the build-out of Cushman & Wakefield’s office space was diverted from landfills while the new materials used in its office furniture are made from more than 20% recycled content. A full 60% of materials used on the project were sourced locally, which significantly reduces the amount of fuel burned in transportation. In addition, all office finishes and furniture utilize low volatile organic compound.

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