JULY 28, 2015 (San Francisco, Calif.): The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has just awarded the Transamerica Pyramid the highest certification in environmental sustainability – LEED Platinum for the second time.

LEED EB certification expires every five years, which required the Cushman & Wakefield team who manages the building to track performance during the last four years to ensure that all performance requirements were met. This was balanced with BuildingWise’s Green Heartbeat program that assists in maintaining documentation throughout the course of the longer recertification period.

The success of recertification was measured by how much better the building performed compared to last time it was certified in 2011.

Requirements that were met or exceeded included:

  • Indoor Water Efficiency: Achieved 22.61% indoor water use reduction a calculated water savings of 709,280 Gallons per year
  • Outdoor Water Efficiency: Achieved 55.65% outdoor water use reduction, saving approximately 11,094 gallons during peak irrigation month
  • Janitorial Purchases: Calculated at 79% sustainable by cost
  • Transportation: 83.52% of tenants used alternative commutership, the largest concentration of which utilized public transportation at 3,494 trips per week
  • An ENERGY STAR Score of 89 at the time of submission
  • Energy Use Intensity at 135.9 kBtu/sf (36% higher than the national Median Property)
  • GreenHouse Gas Emissions reported at 4,389.4 Metric Tons of CO2, as compared to the median national property of 6,659.1 mtCO2, resulting in a 34.08% reduction
  • Purchase of 25% green power to offset emissions for two years
  • Involvement in a unique alternative compliance path to invest support in the National Fish and Wildlife Fund, supporting offsite habitat restoration
  • A 69.8% waste reduction in ongoing consumables, consistent with the waste audit report 69.8% diversion
  • Tenant improvement procurement for construction materials for all interior projects
  • Calibration of all building sensors and actuators, water meters, and energy meters
  • Pest control compliance

This recertification of the Pyramid comes on the heals of the recently awarded LEED Platinum Certification for its sister building, 505 Sansome, also located in the Transamerica Pyramid Center block.

“Environmental sustainability is a key focus for the projects in our portfolio,” said Mark Novack, Real Estate Portfolio Manager for Aegon USA Realty Advisors LLC, an affiliate of Transamerica Pyramid Properties, LLC, the owner of the Transamerica Pyramid Center. “The continued commitment by the Cushman & Wakefield management team, as well as our partners at BuildingWise has resulted in the LEED Platinum certification for both buildings at the Transamerica Pyramid Center.”

Currently, the Pyramid is on track for the next recertification in 2020, tracking performance, ensuring compliance, and counting points throughout the calendar years.



The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) just awarded 505 Sansome Street, part of the Transamerica Pyramid Center, the highest certification in environmental sustainability – LEED® Platinum.  The building, which was built in 1981 and is one of the few open-air buildings in San Francisco, underwent an in-depth review and received certification after scoring high marks in the following areas:

    • Achieved an ENERGY STAR rating of 95.
    • Water Efficiency: Achieved a 37 percent indoor water use reduction, which is a calculated water savings of 683,000 gallons per year, based on LEED criteria and a theoretical baseline of typical water usage.
    • Reduced Mercury:  LED Lamp purchases produced a significant reduction by more than half in the levels of Mercury from the building’s previous LEED Gold certification in 2009.
    • Transportation: A 75 percent alternative commutership record among tenants was achieved, including the use of BART, Muni, walking, biking, or High Efficiency vehicles.
    • Natural Lighting: 56 percent of all regularly occupied spaces are naturally day-lit.
    • With an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 116 (reduced from 140), 505 Sansome uses considerably less energy than the median national average for a building of similar size and use, which translates to more than $478,000 in avoided energy costs.
    • Janitorial purchases were 86 percent sustainable by cost.
    • Building Management System (BMS): BMS has allowed for better control of the HVAC system by having programmable set points for heating and cooling, as well as better control of the boiler system.
    • Heat pumps have been replaced with new models that offer the highest Energy Efficiency Ratio possible. This reduces the energy consumption needed to provide tenant office comfort.
    • Prior lighting control systems were replaced with local motion sensor lighting controls. This reduces the amount of time the lights remain on in unoccupied spaces and greatly reduces energy consumption.
    • A waste diversion rate of 58 percent was achieved and included composting, recycling and reduction of the waste stream.
    • Providing indoor bike parking as well as indoor locker room and shower facilities.
    • Providing access to the Pyramid Center garage with electrical vehicle charging stations.

“We place a high priority on environmental sustainability for all of our properties,” said Mark Novack, Real Estate Portfolio Manager for Aegon USA Realty Advisors LLC, an affiliate of Transamerica Pyramid Properties, LLC, the owner of the Pyramid Center. “The hard work and commitment by the Cushman & Wakefield management team, as well as our partners at BuildingWise have resulted in the LEED Platinum certification for 505 Sansome, as well as the adjacent Transamerica Pyramid’s certification in 2011.”

505 Sansome at Transamerica Pyramid Center is a 20-story, 185,000 square foot office building offering a fresh air design with Redwood Park access, City views from the upper floors, and rare, open air balconies for a health-conscious workplace. The building was designed by famed architect of the Transamerica Pyramid, William Pereira, and continues to enjoy a more than 90 percent occupancy rate. LEED Platinum PDF