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Have you seen the green … at CHAI?

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The new facility for Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc., (CHAI) was designed in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, which evaluates buildings based on energy performance, water efficiency, material consumption, indoor environmental quality and integration with location.

CHAI will receive its LEED Silver certification at See the Green @CHAI on May 17.

The Baltimore Jewish Examiner caught up with Aleeza Oshry, Sustainability Coordinator for THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and its agencies ahead of the event:

Tell me about the event.

The event is co-sponsored by the United States Green Building Council, USGBC, so that architects and builders can learn how the CHAI building came to be, can talk about the design and the thought process behind it. The event will include a catered networking hour as well as two panel discussions, “New Construction: Case Studies of Sustainable Design and LEED” and “No Building Left Behind: Green Updates to Existing Buildings.”

Who will be there?

Community stakeholders and other professionals in both the building and non-profit industries will attend.

What makes CHAI so unique?

The CHAI building is the only Jewish building that is LEED certified; the first building in THE ASSOCIATED system. It is also unique because from the very beginning of the design phase, creating a sustainable building was the vision. CHAI professionals felt that they are positioned where they are to serve the Northwest Baltimore community – to support, sustain, engage and create a thriving community. They wanted the design for the building to be a role model for all of those initiatives.

CHAI is receiving the LEED Silver Award. Has the initial green feedback on the building been positive?

We have the data back from the last six months and the feedback is that it is running efficiently and the comfort level of the employees is high. The building is definitely sustainable, energy-efficient, comfortable and inviting.

See the Green @ CHAI
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
4:00-8:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.associated.org/seethegreenatchai

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