Hyundai Motor America Seeks LEED Gold Certification




Hyundai Motor America recently completed building their new U.S. Headquarters in Fountain Valley, California. Designed by one of the most well known firms, Gensler, the building design is described as sleek and modern, yet classic, and built on a structural pedestal foundation with floating translucent glass floors above. Gensler designed a two-story high entrance, which leads to an open-to-the sky public courtyard in the building’s center. A showroom of Hyundai vehicles is visible from the freeway side of the new structure.

With the awe inspiring design of the building, Hyundai is seeking gold certification, the second-highest LEED rating. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification process assessing the sustainability of a building’s design, construction and operations. Gold certification comes from the building’s efficient use of light and energy, recycled water use from the site’s landscaping, including the rooftop garden above the testing garage, recycled materials used in the construction and some construction waste materials that will be recycled in the future.

Grasscrete, pervious concrete void structured system, was chosen for its LEED attributes and will be used for emergency fire lane access. Installed with biodegradable molded pulp formers, the Grasscrete system allows for emergency vehicle access, management of storm water runoff, reduces heat island effect and uses recycled content in the application process as well as the concrete and sub-base. The Concealed Grasscrete System incorporated UC Verde Buffalograss for it’s drought tolerant capabilities. UC Verde Buffalograss once established can thrive on as low as 1/4 inch of water per week in some locations, resulting in up to a 75% reduction in water consumption. With the structural load capacity, recycled content and water management attributes, Grasscrete is a perfect fit for Hyundai’s quest for Gold.

Grasscrete Chosen as One of the Best Sustainable Building Products of GreenBuild


Grasscrete was chosen as one of the Best Sustainable Building Products of GreenBuild featured in the following article from Inhabitat written by Andrew Michler, 11/16/12

The USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held in San Francisco November 2012 had over 30,000 attendees, speakers and exhibitors crowded into the three wings of the downtown Moscone Convention Center. Over 1,000 booths filled with sustainable products and companies made up the expo portion of the conference, while a fascinating—and at times surprisingly political—group of speakers led conversations among the attendees. Read on to see our favorite picks from this year’s Greenbuild!


A surprisingly political lineup of speakers (including Jerry Brown, Cory Booker, George Pataki, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) bookended the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco. They spoke about all aspects of environmental policy, green building and infrastructure. USGBC President Rick Fedrizzi rallied the troops with an aggressive talk taunting detractors and framing the conversation as “we are right” when it comes to the debate on the future of society. We hit the show and caught some of the most innovative products that can make that rhetoric a reality.


Grasscrete offers another clever way to make large areas green but still traffic-friendly. It’s a bit like a big egg carton made from paperboard which is filled with concrete. Rebar is placed crisscross inside, and after the concrete cures the voids can be filled with soil or gravel to reduce the dreaded heat island effect.

Read more: The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building