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CFA Institute Receives Gold Medal LEED Certification

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The CFA Institute in Charlottesville is celebrating a milestone. It’s been awarded a gold medal LEED certification for the facility's energy-saving features.

CFA's head of finance and risk management Guy Williams says the facility has two major energy-saving features: solar and thermal panels that cover the roof, and a living machine that recycles around 70 percent of the building's water.

Outside the new CFA complex, flowers and other plants create what appears to be decorative landscaping but they're all part of what Williams calls a living machine that also has a practical purpose.

"The microorganisms, the materials that are built into that will clean all of that material, treat it, and then we put it back into our system for use in grey water areas, not for drinking water,” Williams said.

The soil filters rain and runoff water into underground containers to be used all around the facility.

"We're saving over 70 percent of the intake of water supply for a building of like size and number of employees and our discharge is 30 percent more efficient than a building again of the same size,” Williams said.

The building itself is also energy-efficient, thanks to a power source right above employees’ heads. Electricity savings in the building come from solar panels on the roof as well as a thermal panel that helps preheat the water before going into the actual water heater.

The building also allows natural light to flow into the majority of rooms, decreasing the need for overhead lighting.

Ninety-five percent of the structure was also made from recycled materials. Even the cubicles were made sustainably. "The cubicles are brand-new, that's all from a center down in Richmond, Virginia and it's re-manufactured equipment and it's as good as any new furniture you'll ever find,” Williams said.

Williams says the city has applauded CFA’s efforts, and he expects the institute to keep up the good example going forward. "This is an annual certification so we're going to continue maintain this level of certification,” he said.

Williams says they originally expected to save around 20 percent on their projected energy costs. Right now, they're saving around 32 percent more than a building of comparable size.

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