The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) headquarters in Texas, US, has secured LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
Under the LEED rating system for new construction, the building secured 56 points; the USGBC rating system requires a score of 52 or higher to achieve Platinum rating.
The 70,000ft², two-storey building, which sits on a 5.2-acre site in Tarrant County, has achieved $37,000 a year in energy savings, 50% higher than energy code recommendations.
Using captured rainwater from the roof and hardscape, BRIT has reduced potable water usage for irrigation by 95%.
In addition, by using low-flow fixtures and other water conservation measures in the building, it has achieved a 51% water saving.