Today is Earth Day — you can’t miss it, if you read the newspaper comic pages — and a St. Paul building will be honored this morning for its state-of-the-art energy efficiency, even though it is nine years old.
Without any retrofitting, Securian’s 401 Building recently received LEED certification for existing buildings; Securian says it’s the first commercial office building in either the St. Paul or Minneapolis central business district to earn such a rating.
LEED is the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design certification given by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Some of the environmentally sustainable features of the 401 Building:
- Computerized HVAC systems shut down when no one is present.
- Lights go out when no one is present or the natural light is bright.
- No boilers or chillers. Securian uses power from District Energy, which uses a renewable energy source: clean urban wood waste.
- Computerized elevators allocate cars for optimum efficiency.
- Planting beds are irrigated with collected water run-off.
The award will be presented at an 11 a.m. event today in the ground floor atrium of the building at Robert and 6th Sts. in downtown St. Paul.