Building One was developed with sustainable design in mind, and includes many “green” features. Some of the sustainable highlights included in the development of Building One are:

  • Bike racks for those Tenants who choose to commute to work via heart healthy and environmentally friendly modes of transportation.
  • The building is located within 1,500 linear feet of the Savage (Annapolis Junction) MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) station. The travel distance, on foot, from the MARC station to the front door of the building is a total of 0.33 miles. Access to public transportation is immediate and accessible.
  • In an effort to promote alternative transportation twenty six preferred parking spaces (5% of the total vehicle parking capacity) have been reserved and designated for use only by hybrid vehicles or low emitting vehicles.
  • The lighting was designed to prevent light pollution while still providing adequate site lighting for Tenant and visitor security, safety and comfort.
  • The landscape architect created an attractive landscape of indigenous species and groundcover while eliminating the need for an irrigation system – the landscaping is drought tolerant.
  • Over 40% of the raw materials used to make this building came from within 500 miles of the site. Building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region support two green functions: providing indigenous resources and reducing the negative environmental impacts resulting from out of region transportation.
  • During the course of construction, the contractor was able to send 83% of the construction waste to be recycled instead of land filled.
  • More than 20% of the materials used in constructing the building came from recycled products.
  • The building ultimately uses 40% less water than an average office building, which yields tremendous water savings. These savings will help to reduce the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems.
  • 35% of the building’s electricity comes from certified renewable sources.
  • There are occupancy sensors on the ceiling and switches on the walls. The overhead lights in the space are designed to turn off after a designated amount of time when there is no movement sensed over time. These sensors will assist in reducing the Building’s light pollution and wasted energy.
  • All paints, carpet adhesives and sealants within the tenant spaces and the Building are “low VOC” products. VOC products release low level toxic emissions into the air after application. The toxins are called VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Low-VOC products were used throughout the building as one more way to protect human and environmental health.
  • The conference rooms each have a CO2 sensor which provide for additional fresh air if the air in the conference room gets “stale.” In addition to providing extra comfort for the conference room users, the monitors help to save energy on cooling and dehumidification when the room is not in use.