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LEED Grant Goes to SM Architect:

Santa Monica-based David Hertz AIA Architects has received the first City of Santa Monica LEED grant for New Construction (LEED NC).

The $35,000 grant will go towards Hertz’s Studio of Environmental Architecture. Green features that will contribute to giving the building a Platinum LEED certification include solar electric, natural ventilation and hi-tech lighting. Says Hertz, “The City’s grant really made a difference in allowing me to go farther with green design on this building.”

According to Greg Reitz, the City’s Green Building Advisor, “The early adopters of the LEED rating system have already pushed Santa Monica into the forefront of green building in the country. We are proud to have leaders like David Hertz demonstrate what is possible by building green offices in Santa Monica. The grants and other incentives have been created to help green building reach beyond these leaders to the mainstream. ”

The City will be awarding at total of 10 grants ($20,000 for basic LEED, $35,000 for Platinum) for LEED NC-certified private sector projects. For more information, go to “What’s New” at or contact Susan Munves

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