The Richard E. Lyng Building, at 430 G St., owned by 5th & G Plaza Inc., managed by Yackzan Group Inc. and occupied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been certified as LEED Gold for existing buildings operation and maintenance.
According to the LEED website, this is the first building in Davis to earn LEED Gold certification in the existing building category, a news release said. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
LEED is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that certifies the greenest-performing buildings in the world. For existing buildings, LEED rates the reduction of environmental impacts, improved operational efficiencies and documented savings.
Former Congressman Vic Fazio, who was instrumental in co-locating eight USDA agencies in the Lyng Building writes, “When I first heard of the efforts to retrofit the building, I was confident it would present an opportunity for the USDA to advance its compliance with the federal green buildings mandate.
“Pursuant to Executive Order 13514, by 2015 at least 15 percent of each federal agency’s building or leases must be ‘green.’ I applaud your dedication to improving the sustainability of the building and its surrounding environment,” Fazio said in the news release.
LEED certification for existing buildings addresses exterior building site maintenance programs, water and energy consumption, use of environmentally preferred products and practices for cleaning and alterations, sustainable purchasing policies, waste stream management and ongoing indoor environmental quality.
Val Dolcini, state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, said “all of the USDA agencies that call the Lyng Building home have benefitted from the progressive management of the Yackzan Group and their Davis team.”
“Their work in achieving this LEED designation is another example of their dedication to both clients and community and we look forward to serving the people of rural California from this building for many years to come,” Dolcini said in the news release.
Achieving LEED Gold in this category “was a two-year team effort and could not have been earned without technical guidance from skilled experts and tremendous cooperation from our building vendors, tenants and management staff,” said Lynne Yackzan of Yackzan Group Inc., the building’s property manager, in the news release.
“We are all committed to taking steps to reduce waste and use resources more prudently with the goal of reducing the building’s impact on its surroundings while creating a healthy, safe environment for our tenants and their customers.”
The Lyng Building, designed by Dean F. Unger, AIA and built by Unger Construction Company, was completed in 1998. The building also earned U.S. EPA’s Energy Star certification in 2010.