From the Editors

ROB|B OPI Concept Salon Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

by NAILS Magazine | January 6, 2012

The ROB|B OPI Concept Salon in Studio City, Calif., has been awarded a LEED Silver Certification, as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

The ROB|B OPI Concept Salon achieved LEED Silver Certification for energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies, including:

-Reducing pollution, saving energy, and reducing energy costs – by using high efficiency energy saving heating/cooling systems coupled with abundant fresh air ventilation, high efficiency lighting – LED (light-emitting diode) lamps and abundant daylighting and by using SMART Cars.

-Improving human health – by implementing a Green Cleaning Program to reduce exposure to noxious chemicals.

-Conserving natural resources – by using rapidly renewable bamboo wood for cabinets and furniture and saving water by using drought tolerant landscaping and building with recycled construction materials.

American architect Richard Best and his architecture firm Richard Best Architect are proud to have completed the first ever LEED Silver Certified nail salon, which is quite an achievement.

“We’ve created an eco-friendly Zen-like oasis respecting the environment and making people feel good,” says Best. “You can feel the difference when you cross the threshold — the freshness of the air, the balance of humidity and temperature, the calming of elegant natural materials, and the acoustic privacy of a home.”

— Tim

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