Can a tenant fitout be beautiful, cheap and a world leader in sustainability?

emersion DESIGN is the first architecture and engineering firm to have a LEED Platinum office in the world.

Each material was carefully researched to be maximum contributors to the Certification. Over 99% of our debris was recycled, reused or re-purposed, so that our landfill contribution was a mere 18 pounds. We had a recycling program before we had computers. Along with using high-recycled content, regional and rapidly renewable materials, motion sensors are located in the periodically used spaces and 98% of our appliances are Energy Star Qualified.

Each staff has excellent views and access to natural daylight, which aides in employee comfort/productivity and lowers the energy consumption.
Along with constant cost analysis, quantity analysis needed to be performed to ensure that one credit criteria would not cancel another precious credit. Discovery of materials that could resonate with multiple categories proved essential to our Platinum pursuit.

the 1st LEED Platinum A/E office

5 time award-winning design

built for under $27/SF

Client
emersion DESIGN
Year
2008
Project contact
Jim Cheng
design director
513 841 3902
The big table is a physical embodiment of emersion's collaborative design process.
Materials selection included renewable, reused and local products.
emersion is horizontally operated; the big table supports principals and co-ops.
The space was chosen, in part, for its access to daylight and views.

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