Smarter Business: Green Building

Our Santa Monica Office is one of the first buildings in the United States to receive a LEED™ Version 2 Platinum green building rating from the U.S. Green Building Council—the highest possible level of sustainable design. How did we make our office so green? With help from the professionals and resources on the quick list below and in our Resource Guides.



Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists
Elizabeth Moule, partner
Dimitris Klapsis, project manager
Juan Uehara, job captain

Project Manager

Tishman Construction Corporation of California


TG Construction Inc.

LEED Consultant

CTG Energetics, Inc.

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineers

Syska Hennessy Group

Water Systems Consultant

Environmental Planning and Design, LLC

Structural Engineers

Nabih Youssef and Associates

Office Furnishings Project Management

Systems Source

Building Certification


Wood and Lumber Certification

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Downtown Diversion



Low mercury lamps: Phillips Alto
Ultra-low wattage exit signs: LightPanel

Cooling and Heating

Light-colored roofing: GAF
Air conditioning system: Carrier Corp.
Hot water heater: Takagi

Clean Power

7.5 kW grid-connect solar electric array: Powerlight, designed by Solar Design Associates and installed by Solar Webb Inc.

Renewable energy trading credits ("wind certificates"): Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Water Efficiency

Dual-flush toilets: Caroma USA, Inc.
Waterless urinals: Falcon Waterfree Technologies
Landscaping: "Xeriscape"

Sustainable water treatment system: Equaris gray water treatment system and Equaris Infinity water recycling system, designed and installed by Environmental Planning and Design LLC in collaboration with the Equaris Corporation

Environmentally Preferable Materials

Recycled glass tile: Terra Green Ceramics
Recycled mineral fiber ceiling tiles: Armstrong Ultima
Recycled composite countertops: Syndesis Syndecrete
Recycled detergent bottle toilet partitions: Yemm and Hart
Recycled gypsum drywall: USG
FSC-certified wood doors: Marsfield
Bamboo laminate flooring: Smith & Fong
Biofiber panels: Phenix Biocomposites
Linoleum floors: Marmoleum
Rubber wall base: Burke Mercer

Indoor Environmental Quality

Low VOC paint: Benjamin Moore Pristine Eco Spec
Formaldehyde free insulation: Johns Manville
Formaldehyde free MDF: SierraPine Medite II
Low-emitting carpet with recycled content: Bentley Carpets


Green buildings/LEED

Rene Leni, (310) 434-2300

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