Friday, January 30, 2009

Natural Body is First Spa in Virginia to Receive a LEED Silver Certification

Natural Body is First Spa in Virginia to Receive a LEED Silver Certification

Natural Body Spa & Shoppe's commitment to "Green Spa" can be seen through their first LEED certified spa. This Natural Body location joins 2 others in the metro DC area and a 4th will open soon in DC. The spa achieved 28 credits including energy efficiency, water reduction, recycled materials, and low VOC finishes.

Ashburn, VA (PRWEB) May 16, 2007

Natural Body Spa & Shoppe announces that they have received a Silver level LEED certification for their newest spa now open in Ashburn, VA at 43670 Greenway Corporate Drive. Natural Body achieved 28 credits toward a silver certification from The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U. S. Green Building Council (USBGC). The USBGC is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from each sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to work. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Natural Body received 28 credits including points for recycled content, water and energy reduction, low VOC materials, Green Power, and construction waste management. Since 1989 Natural Body has committed itself to their guests, employees, and the environment. They strive to set the standard for the ulimate Green Spa experience. This is evident in their natural approach to massage, aesthetics and body treatments and their commitment to healthy natural and organic products throughout the retail shoppe.

"Our foundation is in natural products and services. Building with natural and recycled materials was just the next logical step," said Bart Yablonsky, co-owner.

The owners will be hosting a party to celebrate their certification on Tuesday July 10th from 5pm to 7pm at the spa. Tours of the Ashburn spa will be provided plus a sampling of services, green snacks and an organic wine tasting.

The 3,200 square foot, full service spa, built in the European tradition, offers Massage Therapy, Facials, Body Treatments, and Hand & Foot Services, plus a large retail shoppe filled with all-natural and specialty skin & body care, aromatherapy products, bath salts, and other unique gifts.

Natural Body's fourth area location will be in DC's West End opening this Fall

Natural Body also has locations is Potomac, MD and Arlington, VA and will begin construction on their fourth area location later this summer. The West End Spa will be located at 24th and L Street NW on the site of the former Columbia Woman's Hospital and will be constructed to achieve a Silver LEED certification.

About LEED Certification

The first step to LEED certification is to register your project. To earn certification, a building project must meet certain prerequisites and performance benchmarks ("credits") within each category. Projects are awarded Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification depending on the number of credits they achieve. This comprehensive approach is the reason LEED-certified buildings have reduced operating costs, attracted healthier and more productive occupants, and conserve our natural resources. For more information, visit www. usgbc. org