design practices can substantially reduce negative environmental
impacts and reverse the trend of unsustainable construction activities.
In addition, green design reduces operating costs, enhances marketability
of buildings, increases worker productivity, and reduces potential
liability resulting from indoor air quality problems. Studies of
workers in green buildings reported productivity gains, including
reductions in absenteeism and improved work quality. Green design
has environmental, economic, and social benefits that can be enjoyed
by all building stakeholders, including owners, occupants, and the
As a LEED™ accredited professional, our primary role will be to
coordinate efforts of the Team, to simplify the implementation of
sustainable and energy efficient design and construction. Several
aspects of the US Green Buildings approach are far easier to obtain
if the initial approach is defined early, such as material selection,
resource reuse and recycle content. Selection of the desired level
of certification must be established early on, to establish priorities
and budget implications.
Certification is a credit based system.
The Credit Categories are as follows:
Sites, which requires erosion and sedimentation control as a
prerequisite (14 points).
Water Efficiency (5 points).
Energy and Atmosphere,
which requires fundamental commissioning, CFC reduction and minimum
energy performance control as prerequisites (17 points).
Quality, which requires both environmental tobacco smoke control,
and minimum IAQ as prerequisites (15 points.)
Materials and Resources,
which requires storage and collection of recyclables as a prerequisite
Innovation and Design Process (5 points).
There is a strong bottom-line
for reducing the impact of your building project on the environment;
money is also green. Energy effectiveness reduces the operating
costs and the long-term impact on the general budget. Improvement
of the indoor environment facilitates productivity, and reduces
absenteeism and associated staff expenses. Materials reuse reduces
In order to achieve an environmentally
sustainable building, we will implement integrated building design
at the onset of the project. This cross-disciplinary approach is
key to achieving a high level of sustainability in the construction
of any building, because all building systems are closely linked.
Effective lighting is achieved through maximizing day lighting
which, in turn realizes energy savings through fewer luminaries
and a reduction of the cooling load. Highly energy efficient windows,
as well as a highly insulated building envelope reduce heating
and cooling requirements, which translates into considerable savings. This should include duct
insulation as well. The best possible indoor air quality can be achieved
by using paint and finish products with low voc’s and formaldehyde
free wood products. All new wood should come from certified
forests from Pennsylvania, if possible.
Naturally, the most sustainable buildings will reuse existing materials
(where and when feasible) and retain as much of the existing interior
walls as possible. All new carpet and ceiling tile should be purchased
from sustainable companies, and any carpet removed from the site
should go to a recycling center.
Water saving plumbing fixtures and faucets should
be used when replacing such fixtures. These measures coupled with
the integrated design approach should go far to achieve an energy
efficient building realizing benefits in operating costs as well
as enhancing the individual health and productivity of the building
To learn more about LEED Design...
States Green Building Council
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)