Sea Gull Square
- SU achieved LEED Silver certification for this
- The building was constructed in a pre-developed area,
limiting sprawl, and is located close to two bus lines, SU and
Shore Transit, encouraging the use of public transportation.
- Parking capacity on site does not exceed that required
by governing codes.
- Encouraging building occupants to cycle instead of
drive, and in addition to the showers in each apartment, the
building has a shower available to all building staff. There is
a secured storage room for 94 bicycles.
- Parking spaces close to the building are reserved for
low-emitting and hybrid vehicles.
- The rate and quantity of storm water is controlled to
minimize impact on the main sewer system and limit the
disruption and pollution of natural water flows by managing
storm water runoff.The roof color was selected to reduce the
heat island effect.
- Significant hardscaped areas were returned to grass
and softscape surfaces.
- Water use is reduced 30 percent below industry
standards, thus lessening the burden on the municipal water
supply and wastewater systems.
- Energy-reducing motion and sound sensors to control
lighting are used in each apartment bathroom.
- Energy-efficient glass is used throughout the
- Enhanced Building Systems Commissioning is used to
verify and ensure that fundamental building elements and systems
are designed, installed and calibrated as intended.
- A minimum level of energy efficiency has been
established for all building systems.
- Enhanced CFC reduction in HVAC and refrigerant
equipment are used to reduce ozone depletion.
- Energy performance is increased by 14 percent above
industry standards, to reduce environmental impacts associated
with excessive energy use.In dealing with construction waste, 75
percent of the construction, demolition and land-clearing debris
was diverted from landfill disposal. Recyclable recovered
resources were returned to the manufacturing process and
reusable materials were directed to appropriate sites.
- The building was made from at least 10 percent
post-consumer and one-half post-industrial recycled materials;
increasing the demand for building products that incorporate
recycled content, thus reducing the impacts resulting from
extraction and processing of new virgin materials.
- At least 10 percent of the building materials were
manufactured regionally, thereby supporting the regional economy
and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from
- Efforts have been made to prevent exposure of building
occupants and systems to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS).
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring systems are utilized
to help sustain long-term occupant health and safety.
- Both during and after the building's construction,
efforts are made to prevent indoor air quality problems
resulting from the construction/renovation process in order to
help sustain the comfort and well being of construction workers
and building occupants.
- Contractors used low-emitting materials (e.g., wood,
carpet, paint and sealants) to reduce the quantity of indoor air
contaminants that are odorous, potentially irritating and/or
harmful to the comfort and well being of installers and
- The building contains an active environmental
education program, incorporating signage and outreach with a
focus on sustainable living.
- Housekeeping is performed in accordance with Green