COPT: Designing, Building, Operating and Maintaining Sustainable Buildings
We believe that constructing high-performance sustainable buildings is the right thing to do for the environment, our shareholders and our tenants.
COPT has been committed to designing, building, operating and maintaining facilities in a sustainable way since 2003, when we committed to designing and building every new building to meet or exceed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a program of the US Green Building Council) Silver certification standards. In fact, our first LEED Gold building won the inaugural Green Development Award from NAIOP in 2005.
Since that time, we've taken a broader look at our operations and have made further commitments to reduce our environmental impacts:
Base Building Commitment:
We continue to construct new buildings to meet LEED Silver certification requirements (Core & Shell and New Construction). As of July 13, 2012, we have 32 buildings certified, totaling 3.9 million square feet (18 at LEED Gold, 13 at LEED Silver and 1 LEED certified) with an additional 15 buildings totaling 1.9 million square feet registered in the program.
Our LEED commitment demonstrates our commitment to quality, efficiency and responsible management of resources. In every new building we develop, we seek to maximize energy efficiency, create the healthiest environment possible, and minimize the building's environmental impact.
In 2006, we constructed our own corporate headquarters space to achieve LEED Silver certification. We encourage tenants to design and construct their interiors in an environmentally friendly way. Our interior construction guidelines ensure more environmentally responsible construction for all interior build-outs. We currently have nearly 1.3 million square feet of commercial interiors certified or registered in the LEED program.
Existing Building Commitment:
In 2008, COPT further committed to operating and maintaining a minimum 50% of our portfolio to LEED-EB (Existing Building) certification standards by 2015. We established a pilot program for LEED-EB certification and currently have 3 buildings LEED-EB certified.
Operations and Maintenance Commitment:In 2010, our senior management team began implementing a series of portfolio-wide sustainable operating and maintenance policies, including real-time energy monitoring and alerting, green cleaning, integrated pest management, recycling, no smoking policies and tenant/vendor education. We also are automating much of our energy and Energy Star benchmarking reporting in order to spend less time administering the program and more time identifying ways to reduce our energy use and water consumption.
Corporate Sustainability Initiatives:
In August 2009, a group was formed to evaluate
all areas of the company and develop a comprehensive, sustainable approach to the company’s operations. “Green Teams” established company-wide policies in all areas of office operations and a Corporate Sustainability Committee works to develop a sustainability roadmap for the company’s future.
COPT is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council as well as Businesses for the Bay,
a voluntary team of companies that support pollution prevention within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
18 LEED Gold certified buildings
13 LEED Silver certified buildings
1 LEED Certified building
3 LEED-EB Certified buildings
5 LEED Gold certiifed tenant interiors
5 LEED Silver certified tenant interiors
15 buildings and 4 commercial interiors registered in the LEED program
7.6 million sq ft certified or registered in the LEED program
17 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff
14 LEED Green Associates
6 Green Advantage Certified employees