Distinction underscores IDB's commitment to sustainability in its projects and facilities.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group announced today that two of its headquarters buildings have earned Platinum-level certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. This distinction level, awarded to only about 10% of LEED-certified buildings worldwide represents an increase from Gold-level certification first achieved in 2012.
This certification process, the third time the buildings at 1300 and 1350 New York Avenue have been certified, was managed through the LEED Arc Performance Platform, which measures five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience.
“We are honored to be credited for our commitment to sustainability. Mitigating climate change — to which buildings are a major contributor — must include efforts to improve efficiencies in built environments. As a development organization, it is key for us to align our corporate actions with our mission and strategy, and help lead the way for others,” said IDB’s Manager of Budget and Administrative Services, Diego Murguiondo.
“This new achievement can be attributed not only to the constant improvement of our equipment, infrastructure and building management, but also importantly to the effort of many of our IDB Group employees who walk, bike, carpool, and use public transportation as their primary commuting option.”
The IDB, IDB Invest and IDB Lab work tirelessly in helping Latin America and the Caribbean countries transition towards low-carbon and climate-resilient development to achieve their climate change commitments while supporting their social and economic development. As part of this effort, the organization is leading the way towards greener buildings. In addition to the two headquarters buildings, five other IDB offices – in Brazil, Panama, Peru, and two in Costa Rica – have achieved LEED certification.
About the IDB
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.