Transamerica Pyramid Center Recertified LEED Platinum

The Transamerica Pyramid Center has been recertified LEED Platinum, the highest certification in environmental sustainability awarded by The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Transamerica Pyramid Center consists of The Transamerica Pyramid, built in 1969 and 505 Sansome Street, built in 1981.

“We are delighted that the iconic Transamerica Pyramid Center continues to make advancements and investments that allow us to remain a leader in environmental sustainability in San Francisco,” said Suman Gera, Managing Director at Aegon Asset Management.

The Transamerica Pyramid is prominently situated at the gateway to San Francisco’s Financial District and fills an entire city block.  At 853 feet high (260 meters), the Transamerica Pyramid remains one of the tallest buildings in San Francisco. The 48-floor high-rise building is constructed of concrete, glass and steel — and capped with a decorative aluminum 212-foot spire (64.6 meters) rising above the top floor and the “crown jewel” of the building, the beacon at the top.

The sustainability milestones achieved in this year’s recertification of the Transamerica Pyramid include:

1. Top energy efficiency performance- ENERGY STAR scores, as The Transamerica Pyramid is in the top 11% of the most efficient nationally according to the CBECS Survey.

2. 1286.7 Metric tons of carbon dioxide (mtCO2) greenhouse gas emissions are saved compared to similar buildings nationally.

3. An ASHRAE score of 188 was awarded to the Transamerica Pyramid for innovation in demonstrating effort beyond the scope of LEED to protect the health and wellbeing of occupants by testing the quality of potable water according to the standard.

505 Sansome Street is a Class A, 20-story high-rise building adjacent to the Transamerica Pyramid. It is one of the few open-air buildings in San Francisco.

The sustainability milestones achieved in this year’s recertification of 505 Sansome Street include:

1. Top energy efficiency performance- ENERGY STAR scores, as 505 Sansome Street is in the top 12% of the most efficient nationally according to the CBECS Survey.

2. The occupant comfort survey showed that 93.06% of the surveyed population was satisfied with the building’s comfort.

3. And there is a 78.7% reduction in conventional commutership due to alternative commuting transportation.

The successful recertifications were measured from January 1, 2015-February 28, 2019 for the Transamerica Pyramid and from July 1, 2014-April 10, 2019 for 505 Sansome Street.