Showing the ability to LEED

Another one of Glendale's skyscrapers is riding the green wave.

On Wednesday, the owners of 550 N. Brand Blvd. celebrated the building's designation of LEED Gold status, a designation awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building recently installed low-flow water systems that will reduce water use by 30%, a rooftop material that will better reflect — rather than absorb — heat, and systems to better calibrate use of air conditioning, heating and water temperatures.

Down the block, 500 N. Brand earned LEED Gold status last year.

City Councilwoman Laura Friedman, Glendale Water & Power Assistant General Manager Ned Bassin and officials with owner ING Clarion were at the ceremony on Wednesday, as was Dr. Lance Williams, executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council's L.A. Chapter.

Tenants in the 21-story building at Brand Boulevard and Doran Street include the western division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, National TeleConsultants and the law firm of Knapp, Petersen, Clarke.

— Bill Kisliuk

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