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From the U.S. Green Building Council

The project will include an integrated approach to sustainable design in the development of the design of this project.  The design team will consider a wide range of sustainable building strategies for the project.  In the initial LEED assessment, the Project Team will evaluate and articulate the project's goals and the certification level sought currently, planned to be LEED Silver.  The following primary elements of sustainable design have been preliminarily identified based on LEED criteria as those that could be incorporated into the building.

A.     Sustainable Sites

The site will meet sustainability goals through:

  1. Selecting a site that is appropriate and reducing the building’s impact on the site
  2. Providing access to alternative transportation with access to public transportation and facilitating the use of bicycles
  3. Storm water Design
  4. Reducing light pollution from the building.

B.     Water Efficiency

Increase water efficiency by:

  1. Using water efficient landscaping
  2. Reducing water use overall.

C.     Energy and Atmosphere

  1. Optimize energy performance - The building systems and envelope shall be designed to achieve a minimum performance 13% more efficient than required by ASHRAE 90.1-2007, promoting energy efficiency and performance with:
    1. Variable volume air handling systems with variable speed fans
    2. High efficiency filtration systems
    3. Premium efficiency type motors
    4. High-frequency electronic ballasts and T-5 lamps
    5. Light-emitting diode (LED) exit lights
    6. NEMA TP 1-2002 compliant dry-type transformers
  2. Enhanced commissioning will be performed by a third party to verify systems perform in accordance with the Owner's operating requirements
  3. Enhanced refrigerant management - zero use of CFC based refrigerants.  Selected refrigerants will have zero or low ozone depleting potential and minimal direct global warming potential
  4. Green power purchased to offset 70% of the electricity used by the facility over a 2-year period

D.     Materials and Resources

  1. Construction waste management will be used to divert 80% of waste materials from landfills, incinerators, etc.
  2. Materials with recycled content will be used wherever possible
  3. Regional materials will be used wherever possible

E.     Indoor Environmental Quality

The project will enhance indoor air quality through:

  1. Outdoor air delivery monitoring
  2. CO2 detection in densely occupied spaces
  3. Construction IAQ management plan both during construction and before occupancy
  4. Use of low emitting materials
  5. Indoor pollutant source control
  6. Controllability of lighting systems, including daylighting lighting control systems to minimize use of building lighting systems
  7. Thermal comfort – design HVAC systems and exterior wall to comply with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2004, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy,
  8. Verification using permanent monitoring system to ensure that building performance meets the criteria as determined in the above standard.

    Last updated: April 19, 2016

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