The US Green Building Council has awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold rating to the Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach.

This is the sixth public facility constructed by the City of Santa Monica to receive LEED certification, and the first public beach house to be certified, city officials said. The gold rating for the beach house, which opened at the site of the former Marion Davies Estate last year, surpassed the project’s initial goal of silver, officials said.

The sustainable features of the property include clean up of a contaminated site, integration of environmentally-smart building systems, use of sustainable materials in construction, implementation of systems that prevent stormwater and urban runoff pollution from reaching the beach, promotion of sustainable modes of transportation, and commitment to environmentally-sound operations and maintenance practices.

The beach house joins Santa Monica’s Main Public Library, Civic Center parking structure, Public Safety Facility, Colorado Court Affordable Housing Project, and Virginia Avenue Park as projects that are LEED-certified silver or above.

Through its LEED certification program, the Green Building Council has encouraged the proliferation of environmentally responsible, healthy places to live and work.

The LEED gold rating is the second highest achievement rating in a point-based system, indicating that the facility has been independently certified to meet sustainable criteria as developed by the Green Building Council.

The Annenberg facility has received awards from the LA Conservancy, the American Public Works Association, the California Park and Recreation Society, the Design-Build Institute of America (Western Pacific region), the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and the Westside Urban Forum.

Information on the beach house, www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/.

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