Going for the gold: APA building earns environmental certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded APA’s property at 10 G Street, NE, a Gold Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance.

Constructed in 1996, the 256,366-square-foot building attained a perfect 61 out of 61 points to earn this distinction. CBRE Group Inc. manages and operates the 10 G property in Washington, D.C., as well as APA’s headquarters building at 750 First St., NE.

Cooperation among APA, CBRE, other tenants and service providers helped the building meet high standards for site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality, according to CityBiz Real Estate.

Key elements contributing to the achievement of the gold certification included the design and installation of the rooftop garden and labyrinth, the purchase of renewable energy and a very high rate of recycling achieved by the tenants.

APA is working on attaining LEED certification for the headquarters building, according to Susan Burk, APA’s director of real estate finance and planning. “It will most likely take us a couple of years,” she said. “750 is an older building and needs many more upgrades to be able to qualify than 10 G. It is a very important and laudable event that we received LEED Gold on 10 G.”

To remain financially stable and to supplement dues and publications income, APA invests in real estate to diversify its investments and revenue.