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WASHINGTON, DC-Pepco’s headquarters–located at 701 9th, St., NW–has been certified Gold LEED Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB O&M). It is the first such designation in the District, according to Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers, which assisted Pepco in the process.

This particular designation is rapidly gaining traction among building owners that have existing building stock–a category that includes just about every developer. Up until now the focus on LEED has been for new buildings; anecdotally, however, it appears that interest in existing building designations is picking up, especially as more straightforward paths to ROI are established.

For instance, this year a number of cities have announced their “first” EB O&M certifications. These include Watt Plaza, a twin 23-story office tower complex encompassing 900,000 square feet in the Century City submarket, the first in Los Angeles to become Gold EB O&M. In Chicago the FBI’s Regional Facility secured Platinum EB O&M. Earlier this month in Downtown Atlanta, the 18-story Hurt Building was the first to receive Gold EB O&M.

EB O&M can reap significant energy savings for a building, Laurie McMahon, managing director of Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers, tells GlobeSt.com. For instance, retro-commissioning the Pepco headquarters’–along with other energy conservation measures–reduced the 400,000-square-foot building’s energy consumption by 16.7%, and its CO2 emissions by over 507.78 metric tons, she says.

Pepco began to green its corporate headquarters 18 months ago. Other measures it took–which were part of the EB O&M process–included the implementation of a water efficiency program and a waste stream audit and occupant education programs.

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