Good News from Fri, 22 January, 2010:

Embassy of Finland is the first green embassy in the U.S

Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander
The Finnish Embassy in Washington D.C. has received significant environmental recognition. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the acknowledged LEED Gold certification to the embassy for its energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. The Finnish Embassy is the first embassy in the U.S. to receive the LEED certificate.

The internationally recognized environmental certification is based on the Finnish Embassy’s four-year green project, which has resulted in minimizing the environmental impact of the building.

Compared to the annual average energy spent between 2002 and 2004, there has been a radical, 50 per cent decrease in the building’s use of electricity. Gas consumption decreased by 65 per cent. The annual energy bill of the embassy has been cut down by 100 000 Euros and the building now prevents greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity use of 90 American households, reports the embassy.

Thanks to the green project the Finnish Embassy is now a carbon neutral building. This has been noted also in Washington D.C.s media.
A number of representatives from various organizations have visited the site in order to learn more about different ways of cutting down energy expenses.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program of the United States Green Building Council, a non-profit organization which seeks to promote green building practices. LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings and communities world-wide.