Achieved: Seventh Green Globes Certification In The World

Page is excited to announce that our headquarters in Washington, DC has achieved Two Green Globes under the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors rating system. Our office is only the seventh project to be certified under the Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors program worldwide.

In 2014, the firm completed an interior renovation of a 16,200-square-foot single-level space at 1615 M Street to serve as Page’s Washington DC regional office and the headquarters of Page Southerland Page, Inc. This project was submitted to Green Globes as "A Bright Move", as seen in the above gallery images. 

The office was carefully designed to reinforce Page’s status as a leading multidisciplinary architecture, engineering, interiors and consulting firm. It provides potential clients and future employees with a sense of the culture and tradition at Page, which includes sustainable design. 

The scope of the renovation included new lighting, lobby, kitchen, flooring, main conference room and associated office furniture. The Materials & Resources section, one of six, achieved a full 100% on its evaluation and received the following comment, "This category had the highest concentration of points for the project and compliance was well achieved."

Two of the key features of Materials & Resources were Waste and Reuse of Non-Structural Elements. The report noted the project diverted 84% of construction waste from landfills, saying, "This is a commendable result." It also pointed out the operational design addresses recycling, waste at points of service and storage for later pick-up.

The report also commended the reuse of non-structural elements. In addition to modifying an existing space in an existing building, the design team reused about 75% of interior elements such as ceilings, doors, trim and cabinetry as well as a modest amount of furnishings.

Lighting also was a key element in scoring for the Green Globes certification with lighting that was designed to comply with IESNA standards and a wayfinding system. More than 60% of the renovated space achieves a daylight factor greater than 2, and an equal number of occupied areas provide views to the exterior. Most spaces have window treatments for sun control and workstations have reduced height (less than 54”) to allow daylight to penetrate interior spaces where appropriate. 

Page looks forward to adding more Green Globes projects to its portfolio in the near future to complement its LEED portfolio, which includes Platinum-certified projects. 

For more information on the requirements to meet Green Building Initiative Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, click here.

Contributed By

Marquisha Powell, RA, NCARB, LEED AP