LEED is the nationally recognized benchmark for the design,construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.Certification for existing buildings helps building owners andoperators maximize operational efficiency while minimizingenvironmental impact, addressing whole-building cleaning andmaintenance issues, including chemical, water and energy use,exterior maintenance programs and systems upgrades.

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"The distinction of this property being the only office buildingin MetroPark to achieve LEED Silver certification provides it witha significant advantage in the marketplace, in that it is now ableto meet the environmental efficiency requirements of today'stenants," says Kevin Carton, vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle,and leasing agent for the property. "The changes made at Metroviewhave improved air quality and reduced water and energy use, whileproviding a more productive work environment for building tenants,who have been very receptive to new protocols."

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At Metroview, LaSalle Investment Management was able to reduceoverall energy usage by sub-metering tenant spaces, shutting offnon-essential lights during the nights and weekends and replacingmercury-powered lights in outside parking structures with moreenvironmentally friendly bulbs. LaSalle also installed low-flowwater fixtures throughout the building's bathrooms andkitchens.

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With the help of the onsite property management performed byKwartler Associates, Metroview now employs a green cleaning programthat uses no harsh chemicals. Tenants have also been taking part ina recycling program that separates paper, metals and plastic at thebuilding.

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While the initial investment for refurbishing the building toachieve Silver certification was considerable, the cost savings tothe tenants will be noticeable immediately in the form of reducedenergy bills.

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"Today's leading corporations demand green space. We fieldquestions about LEED certification and Energy Star ratings from atleast four out of five tours at the building," Carton says. Thebuilding is located near the MetroPark train station in Edison. Theproperty has suites ranging in size from 2,500 square feet to51,000 square feet available for lease.

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