Savannah East, RGM’s newest commercial building, has earned its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, making it the first ever ‘green’ building in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the first building certified under LEED-CS v2009 (Core & Shell) in the English-speaking Caribbean.
LEED, the independent and internationally recognised certification for ‘green’ buildings, assesses whether structures are designed, built and operated in an environmentally responsible way. The LEED approach is the way of the future — well-maintained LEED-certified buildings produce less waste, are more energy efficient (thereby cutting down utility costs), and boost productivity by creating better working environments.
The certification also speaks to corporate responsibility: Savannah East has a smaller impact on the surrounding community than a non-LEED building. We hope that this example of sustainability will help to make environmentally conscious construction a priority, just as health and safety considerations are now the industry norm.
With tenants such as KPMG, CUNA, and China Railway already signed up to make their new home at Savannah East, we are pleased with the market’s response to the new building. As its name suggests, Savannah East is located on the eastern side of the Queen’s Park Savannah, and boasts several innovative eco-friendly features, including solar-powered lighting, rainwater capture for irrigation, insulated glass windows and a living wall.
We are pleased to have pioneered this new benchmark for sustainable construction in the local industry and are committed to maintaining this responsible approach for future developments.