The building currently occupied by the IRS and the US Immigration Office at 5000 Corporate Court in Holtsville has been recently LEED certified, according to a release from a company that assisted in the green building delegation.
LEED certification stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" and is issued by the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) to recognize companies that use environmentally friendly and sustainable methods of operation at their facilities. The certification is often comprehensive and difficult to achieve, as it evaluates a building's use of materials, water cycling, heat and electric systems, and even its landscaping methods.
For the building at 5000 Corporate Court, a Sayville-based pesticide company, TEAM Pest Control, Inc., assisted the building's facilities managers with choosing an environmentally friendly pest control system on its grounds.
"Achieving LEED certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building is truly green," a release from TEAM Pest Control stated. "This tedious and rigorous process reduced the available pesticide usage and promoted a more environmentally aware atmosphere."
Incentives to convert buildings into LEED certified green buildings include increased tenant and client volumes, cheaper construction budgets, improved working conditions and qualification for certain tax rebates, according to the USGBC website.