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World’s Greenest Building Still Slated as Greenest with LEED-NC v3.0

Independence, OR, November 12, 2009 --( Independence Station (, a $15 million mixed-use development under construction in Independence, OR, is on track to become the World’s Greenest Building when it opens next year, partially based on projected points earned through LEED 2009 v3.0. The project’s developer, Steven Ribeiro, will be on hand at the Greenbuild conference Wednesday, Nov. 11, through Friday, Nov. 13, to discuss the transition to the newest version of LEED as well as other unique attributes expected make Independence Station the World’s Greenest Building.

Under a previous version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, Independence Station was projected to earn a total of 64 to 66 points out of 69 points possible. Under the new system, which is based on a consistent 100-point scale with bonus points available, Independence Station is projected to likely earn between 101 and 106 points out of a possible 110 points.

“With the new scoring system, as well as other planned features, Independence Station is still projected to become the World’s Greenest Building,” said Ribeiro of Aldeia, LLC, the Developer of Independence Station. “Perhaps even more important, LEED v3.0 challenges developers to make buildings more energy efficient than ever before and rates us for monitoring energy usage after our LEED score is achieved. We are pleased to formalize these extra steps, and we hope other developers will out-score us in the future.”

Ribeiro and Summer Gorder, Sustainability Director for Independence Station, are attending the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild conference in Phoenix, AZ, this week. A scale model of Independence Station will be on display in the booth of project partner Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management solutions (booth #4833). Both Ribeiro and Gorder will be available for interviews at the display at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 and Thursday, Nov. 12. To set up an interview at a different time, reporters may text Ribeiro at (208) 724-7196.

About the World’s Greenest Building:
Independence Station – The World’s Greenest Building, an Aldeia, LLC project, is on track to earn the world’s highest LEED rating when it is completed in 2010. Located in the historic pioneer town of Independence, OR, the building will obtain its energy primarily from the sun and vegetable oil with leftover energy going to the local utility at peak load times. Independence Station will be the highest performing, most comprehensive Smart Grid building ever constructed in order to demonstrate that National Energy Security can be achieved today.

A $15 million, 57,000-square-foot project, Independence Station will host real and virtual offices, residential units, a restaurant, an Internet café, a DC-powered data storage facility, research facilities, product beta testing facilities, new product showcasing, and classroom space for professional as well as community outreach purposes. Unique and highly efficient solar charged electric cars will be part of the project, as well as a large-scale rainwater harvesting system. In addition, ecotourists and residents will enjoy and learn about sustainable practices in the building’s one- and two-bedroom condominiums, with the goal of living well on just 17% of the total lifestyle energy that the average American now consumes in alignment with the very aggressive year 2050 goals of the 2,000 Watt Society ( This collected data will be published on an open source basis for all to study to set new benchmarks for responsible energy consumption in daily living. A planned second phase of the project will include onsite food production and natural waste water treatment.

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