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Michigan Building First to Earn Double LEED Platinum Certification

A large atrium in the renovated Christman Building in Lansing, Michigan, brings daylight into several offices. The building was renovated in accordance with standards for historic buildings, and achieved LEED Platinum.

Photo: The Christman Company and Gene Meadows
The Christman Company, a development firm based in Lansing, Michigan, has announced that its new headquarters is the first building to earn Platinum ratings in both the LEED for Core and Shell and the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating systems.

The renovation of a historic building in downtown Lansing was designed entirely by SmithGroup and included efficient lighting and mechanical systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and materials with low emissions of volatile organic compounds. The building is expected to use 34% less energy than a comparable conventional building. Almost all—92%—of the existing walls, roof, and floors were reused in the renovation, which followed the standards for historic renovation set by the Secretary of the Interior (see

EBN Vol. 16, No. 1).

The Christman Company has developed a green housekeeping program and will commission the building continuously for the first year, then once every five years. More information is available at

Published September 25, 2008

Wendt, A. (2008, September 25). Michigan Building First to Earn Double LEED Platinum Certification. Retrieved from

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