LEED Certification for BBH Solutions / DAS USA Showroom

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BBH Solutions and DAS USA have attained LEED certification for their Manhattan showroom. The interior construction was contracted by DAS, with BBH Solutions providing cloud technology solutions, premise-based video conferencing, and network peripherals. The project was supervised by LEED consulting firm SKYed Eco.

trading desk with technology

DAS trading desk with IP telephony, IP trading turret, and multiple screen displays

BBH Solutions, Inc. and DAS USA are proud to announce that their trading technology showroom is now LEED certified. The space, which is located at 875 Avenue of the Americas in New York City, is a joint venture which showcases DAS’ trading and control desk solutions with fully functional cloud-hosted and on-premise technology solutions supplied by BBH. It also serves as an active workspace for DAS and BBH employees. Visitors to the showroom are met with an interactive display of desk and technology configurations that demonstrate the functionality and power of BBH’s and DAS’ respective solutions.

LEED – or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Each category in a LEED rating system consists of prerequisites and credits. Prerequisites are required elements, or green building strategies that must be included in any LEED certified project. Credits are optional elements, or strategies that projects can elect to pursue to gain points toward LEED certification. LEED prerequisites and credits work together to provide a common foundation of performance and a flexible set of tools and strategies to accommodate the circumstances of individual projects.

The project was completed with sustainable building practices, under the supervision of LEED consulting firm SKYed Eco. Notably, the space design received LEED points for utilizing methods that reduce potable water use by 32% and lighting power by 16% compared to conventional interior construction projects. Appliances and equipment installed in the showroom, including desktop computers, monitors, and network peripherals, achieved an Energy-Star total equal to 100% by rated power.

Other components of the project that earned LEED points include:

-42% of the total furniture and furnishing by material value were salvaged, refurbished, or reused

-Use of daylight and views – the project has achieved LEED daylighting requirements in 87% of all regularly occupied spaces

-Diversion of 77% of the on-site generated construction waste from landfill

In addition, BBH Solutions implemented cloud-hosted voice and data services that help to reduce the showroom’s carbon footprint by lowering electrical usage associated with onsite data center power and cooling. The conference room is equipped with a Cisco Telepresence Express solution for video conferencing. According to a recent study by the Carbon Disclosure Project, enterprise-sized companies in the US and UK that implement four immersive telepresence rooms can cut CO2 emissions by 10 million metric tons while saving almost $19 billion in travel expenses between 2010 and 2020.

Since its grand opening in October 2011, the showroom has served as a venue for several educational and networking events. The range of topics covered during these events have included sustainable building practices, cloud computing and hosting, virtualization and network storage, and IP-based trading turret technology. Of recent note, DAS hosted an IIDA, CEU-approved lecture on understanding the multi-faceted activity of designing the objects that find themselves in the environments we live and work in. SKYed has also hosted LEED exam preparation seminars in the showroom.

About DAS – DAS has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in the design, manufacture and installation of specialized desks for trading and control rooms. Founded in 1985, they continue to meet the needs of the World's most demanding markets where they have supplied more than 500 Clients in 51 countries and in excess of 80,000 desks. After just 4 years from inception, DAS USA Inc has grown to be a recognized supply partner to several financial institutions in the Tri-State Area. For more information about DAS, go to http://www.das-bf.com.

About BBH Solutions, Inc. - Manhattan-based BBH Solutions, Inc. provides technology services with a focus on the converged network, unified communications, and IP-based Audio Visual solutions. BBH Solutions is certified by Microsoft as a Silver Server Platform Partner, and is an APC Gold Partner. BBH Solutions is certified by Cisco Systems in Advanced Unified Communications, Advanced Routing and Switching, and Advanced Wireless LAN. A leader in providing customized network maintenance plans with their BBHWorks program, BBH Solutions offers services including on-site visits, remote monitoring, business continuity planning, disaster recovery, offsite back up, and strategic IT planning. In 2009, the company partnered with IP Trade Networks to offer their IP Trading Turret solutions, which fully integrate with enterprise-class IP PBX systems such as Cisco Unified Communications Manager. In 2011, BBH Solutions launched its cloud services and integration program. BBH Solutions is a four-time consecutive Inc. 5000 Honoree for the years 2008-2011. For more information about BBH Solutions, Inc., go to http://www.bbhinc.com.

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