LEED-ing Us to Design Green!
LEED-ing Us to Design Green!
In the previous blog, “Blue & Improved: The RSVP Design Services Workplace”, The Colonnade building was mentioned as a LEED Platinum certified building. You may ask, what is LEED certification? According to the U.S. Green Building Council Website, “LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.”
Just recently, the Empire State Building was certified as the tallest national building to achieve a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 2.85 million square foot office building had a $550 million initiative to become retrofitted and repurposed, and now is in line with current green building standards. For instance, the ReBuilding program for the New York structure including all new energy-efficient windows, which will result in a 38% reduction in the building’s energy consumption. This will ultimately result in saving over $4 million a year. Wow! (sourced from ContractDesign.com)
Another large push for “green” is a fund that invests $650 million in an emerging market for green retrofits of aging buildings. “A how a business consortium has announced the largest single private-sector investment to date in commercial property energy retrofits and upgrades, providing new impetus to the promise of green technology to create jobs and help jump start the economy. The announcement by the consortium formed by British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson that it will provide up to $650 million for retrofit projects in Miami-Dade County, FL, and Sacramento, CA, served as a sharp counterpoint to public skepticism over government-funded green technology and energy efficiency programs stemming from publicity over a failed solar panel manufacturer. It also serves as a major endorsement by the private sector for efforts to build a nationwide financial foundation for commercial energy projects under Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). PACE legislation allows state and local agencies to set up programs for commercial landlords and other owners to obtain financing for such energy projects as solar installations, reflective roofs and lighting, window and HVAC upgrades, which borrowers can repay through lien-based special assessments on their property taxes over 15 to 20 years.” (sourced from CoStar.com)
Now doesn’t this make you more interested in the “green” trend! You can help by turning your A/C system off when you are not home. Carpooling with friends around town helps keep emissions down. Buy a few of the “green” bags when you go shopping and just remember to get them out of your car each time you go to the store. Unplug any smaller appliances after use. Of course recycling is always going to help too!
Rhonda Vandiver-White is certified LEED AP in Building Design and Construction. We are looking forward to working on some “green” designs at RSVP Design Services!
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, “The LEED AP BD+C credential provides a standard for professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) created this specialty credential to denote practical knowledge of the Green Building Design + Construction LEED rating systems: LEED for New Construction, LEED for Schools and LEED for Core & Shell.”