Dallas Museum of Art Awarded Prestigious LEED® Silver Certification

Dallas, TX—October 27, 2014—The Dallas Museum of Art announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Silver certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The DMA’s commitment to sustainability and green policies has been a priority for many years. In 2012, the DMA was awarded an EBie, a national juried competition that recognizes improved environmental performance in existing buildings, for the building with the highest percentage of energy savings.

“The Dallas Museum of Art is pleased and honored to have earned the LEED Silver rating,” said Maxwell L.  Anderson, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. “The DMA staff is committed to continual improvement of our green efforts, from energy sustainability to providing eco-friendly dinnerware in the Museum’s cafe.”

The DMA achieved LEED Silver certification for energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“The Dallas Museum of Art’s LEED Silver certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the DMA serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

The DMA LEED Silver certification is based on a number of operational and maintenance practices that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. Key sustainable strategies include:

  • Reduced Mercury in Lamps– A lamp purchasing policy targets 90% of all mercury containing lamps and achieves an average of 57% reduction in mercury levels measured in picograms per lumen-hour.
  • Heat Island Reduction—94% of parking areas are located under cover to minimize impact on microclimates, human and wildlife habitat.
  • Water Performance Measurement—Permanently installed water meters measure the total potable water consumption for the entire building and associated grounds to identify opportunities for water savings.
  • Optimize Energy Efficiency Performance—The building has demonstrated energy efficiency in the 24th percentile above the national median reducing environmental and economic impact associated with excessive energy use.
  • Sustainable Purchasing—A sustainable purchasing policy achieves over 97% of purchased products to comply with Environmental Preferable Purchasing (EPP) criteria.  
  • Green Cleaning—A High-Performance Cleaning Program reduces the exposure of building occupants, visitors and staff to potentially hazardous contaminants.
  • Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan—The exterior hardscape management plan employs environmentally sensitive practices to help preserve surrounding ecological integrity.

Anderson added, “Congratulations to the team at the City of Dallas, led by Jeff Fink and Jesse Dillard and their partners at Schneider Electric, Jerod Hillard and Holly Brown; our LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance) consulting team led  by Jose Montoya, Michael Brown, and Viveka Biyani at Jordan & Skala Engineers; and to the entire Building and Operations team at the Dallas Museum of Art led by Tamara Wootton-Forsyth, Associate Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Facilities Management, and to John Claire, Building Manager, on accomplishing this important achievement.”

U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.–based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009 to 2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% of water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.

For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation, and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum welcomes over 650,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country, which currently has over 80,000 members.  For more information, visit DMA.org.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.