The City of Santa Monica has awarded Allsteel Inc., a furniture designer and manufacturer, a $25,000 grant as an incentive for certifying its new Santa Monica showroom under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

The grant was officially presented to Allsteel by Brenden McEneaney, the city’s green building program advisor, during a recent meeting of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles chapter at the showroom.

Launched in 2004, the program encourages private-sector builders to construct sustainable buildings and provides incentive for the design of buildings under the LEED program, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design and construction of high-performance green buildings, city officials said.

Last fall, Allsteel’s Santa Monica location, designed by architectural firm HOK, earned silver certification in LEED for Commercial Interiors, the rating system for building tenants to certify that their interiors are healthy, productive work environments.

As part of the grant award, Allsteel will open its facility to the city for green building tours. The company will also work with the city to create educational materials, case studies and photos, making the showroom an ongoing resource center for green building in the city.

Allsteel’s 16,000-square-foot showroom opened in April. It is in the Water Garden office complex, 2425 Olympic Blvd., a collection of office buildings, cafÈs and restaurants surrounded by gardens, waterways, lakes and courtyards.

The selection of this site, along with a number of other initiatives, such as using 100-percent recycled water for its landscape irrigation, incorporating a day-lighting system and using low-emitting materials and indoor pollutant source control, helped the company earn its LEED-Commercial Interiors Silver designation for the showroom, city officials said.

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