The Portland Cement Association re-affirmed the cement industry's commitment to sustainable development with the recent relocation of its Washington, D.C., offices.

PCA moved its offices to the National Association of Realtors building on June 26. The concrete-framed, glass-clad structure built on a brownfield site is the District's first LEED-certified new building, achieving a Silver Rating. Short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED is the widely accepted rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The buildout of PCA's office space also meets LEED requirements. The office space was designed to capitalize on the building's access to daylight and views. All interior offices have glass fronts, which allow daylight to penetrate the space and lessen the need for electricity during the day. Daylight responsive controls were installed in all regularly occupied areas to manage light levels at different times of the day.

PCA's offices exceed the water efficiency requirements by more than 30 percent and more than 70 percent of the appliances and office equipment are Energy Star-rated. Additionally, the location provides PCA employees easy access to commuter rails and buses.

The new address is Portland Cement Association, 500 New Jersey Avenue, NW, 7th floor, Washington, D.C. 20001. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are unchanged (202-408-9494; fax: 202-408-0877).