Two iconic concert halls have officially gone green. Joining the ranks of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House announced the recent renovations that led to their LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications.
Buildings seeking this prestigious recognition earn points in various categories. The total number of points determines their level of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. The buildings are evaluated in areas such as water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. They can receive extra points if the facility is in an urban area and if the innovations focus on regional environmental issues.
Carnegie Hall’s renovation project included the new Resnick Education Wing, a space for music education, as well as completely refurbished backstage areas. New additions include LED light bulbs, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and the new 10,000-square-foot Weill Roof Terrace which utilizes reflective pavement and planters to reduce the building’s carbon footprint. 450 of the original windows are used to maximize natural light. Contractors had no original blueprints to reference, but now at nearly 125-years-old, Carnegie Hall is one of the oldest buildings to receive a LEED Silver Leadership certification.
The Sydney Opera House took full advantage of its location when applying renovations. A seawater cooling system was installed, along with an energy saving lighting control system that reduces electricity consumption by as much as 75 percent. Facility custodians use eco-friendly cleaning methods such as bicarbonate soda and olive oil.
The groundbreaking renovations done to these significant landmarks prove historic preservation and environmental sustainability can work simultaneously. Click here to read about more LEED certified buildings.