San Francisco's Transamerica Pyramid becomes one of first iconic high-rise buildings to achieve LEED certification
“San Franciscans now have another reason to appreciate one of our city’s most recognizable structures,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “I am proud of the LEED Gold Certification achieved by the Transamerica Pyramid. This award demonstrates a serious commitment to the environment and should be an example to other properties on how they can help us create a sustainable future through green building techniques.”
The Pyramid’s LEED Gold certification is the culmination of a long standing commitment to energy efficiency. Other areas where the Pyramid has accelerated include 85% use of alternative transportation by tenants, a water use reduction program resulting in a 50% reduction over the past year, a 20% reduction of carbon footprint, purchasing of off-site renewable energy credits equivalent to 50% of purchased power, a high-efficiency co-generation plant, and the use of green cleaning products.
As a result, the Pyramid now generates up to 70 percent of its own electricity, pays 25 percent less per year for utilities and recycles or composts 70% of its ongoing consumables that otherwise would have been sent to local landfills.