Jewish National Fund: LEED


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JNF HOUSE at 42 East 69th Street in New York City goes Green.

We are proud to have been awarded a Silver Rating from the USGBC’s LEED™ rating system. LEED buildings are healthier for occupants and high performance, saving money and resources. Buildings like ours are helping transform the way we think about our built environment.

What makes our new office sustainable?

  • By using water efficient toilets and sinks we save enough water each year to fill over 700 bathtubs! Annual water savings was calculated at approximately 25,000 gallons. Water savings were realized by using dual flush toilets, 1 pint per flush urinals, a low flow shower, and metered sinks.
  • Air indoors can be up to FIVE times more polluted then outdoor air. In our offices we took care to protect the indoor air both during construction and after. Our office uses healthy materials such as low VOC paints and products without added formaldehyde. In addition, during construction the heating and air conditioning system was protected from dust and incoming air is treated with high efficiency filters!
  • There are five bus lines & a subway stop within a quarter of a mile of our building! A 2008 report by Transalt stated, each commuter using a car in the city is responsible for, on average, 4,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, those going by bus just 820 pounds, while walking or biking is zero. We have a bike rack too!
  • Our building has a Walk Score of 97! Walk Score measures the walkability of any address using a system which analyzes hundreds of walking routes to nearby amenities. Points are awarded based on the distance of amenities in each category. The scale is 1-100, with any rating over 90 listed as a “Walker’s Paradise.” Check out your address at
  • JNF House reused much of the existing building, including walls, structure, copper flashing and the Monumental Doors! The greenest material is one that already is already here! By reusing an existing building and elements we save energy from the harvest of the raw material, the manufacture of the product, and the transport to the site!
  • The building’s light roof is expected to be 30 degrees cooler than a traditional roof on a summer day! 75% of the building’s roof is light colored. This reflects rather than absorbs heat. Similarly, light materials were chosen for the patio pavers, for the same reason. The heat island effect raises New York’s night time temperature up to 7 degrees! Light colored surfaces city wide begin to lessen this effect.
  • Many of the products used in construction have recycled content and were manufactured within 500 miles of New York City! The recycled content in materials including doors, structural steel metal framing, drywall, ceiling tile, insulation, concrete and more was 16% of our material cost. In addition, 30% of the items in the materials were not only made but their raw materials were harvested or reclaimed within 500 miles of the project site!
  • Healthy “Green” products are being used to clean the building! And recycling bins are available to allow occupant recycling. A green cleaning plan will help maintain the quality of the indoor air and not add potentially harmful chemicals into the space. On average each employee at a typical office generates 3.5 pounds of garbage a day, much of that is paper, which can be easily recycled.
  • During construction we recycled enough paper and cardboard to save 1,200 mature trees! The project generated around 660 tons of construction waste of this 630 tons or 95% was recycled. Of that, 74 tons was paper and cardboard, 111 tons was wood, and 46 tons was metals. All of those were recycled. During construction only 30 tons of waste was landfilled.

Credits Achieved

Sustainable Site Credits Achieved

  • Site Selection
  • Community Connectivity
  • Public Transportation Access
  • Bicycle Storage & Changing Room
  • No New Parking
  • Heat Island Effect Reduction – Roof & Non-roof

Water Efficiency Credits Achieved

  • Water Use Reduction

Energy & Atmosphere Credits Achieved

  • Fundamental & Enhanced Building Commissioning
  • Minimum and Optimized Energy Performance
  • Refrigerant Management

Innovation and Design Credits Achieved

  • Green Housekeeping
  • Exemplary Performance in Public Transit, Community Connectivity, and Construction Recycling

Material & Resources Credits Achieved

  • Building Collection of Recycling
  • Construction Waste Recycling
  • Recycled Content Building Materials
  • Regional Content Building Materials

Indoor Environmental Quality Credits Achieved

  • Minimum building ventilation
  • Indoor Air Quality Management during and after construction
  • Low emitting material use
  • Controllability of building lighting