WASHINGTON — In late October, the National Association of Realtors© (NAR) opened its new headquarters, which is described as “Washington, D.C.’s most environmentally friendly advanced commercial building.” The Falls Church, Va.-based firm of Fernandez & Associates served as structural engineer on the project, which is expected to be the first newly constructed building in the District of Columbia to earn LEED© certification.

The glass-wrapped structure uses natural light and low-emitting materials to reduce energy use. It also features an efficient water system. The building was named a runner-up for best sustainable growth project by the Washington Business Journal.

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