The newest installment of CleanEdison’s LEED Certifications of the month series.
The month of March had a wide variety of buildings get their LEED Certification. The usual American college campuses were joined by a Holocaust museum and a university in Hong Kong.
In no particular order, here are the LEED Certifications of March 2013
Philadelphia School’s Ellen Schwartz and Jeremy Siegel Early Childhood Education Center
The Center, located at 2501 South Street, was recently awarded LEED Silver Certification under the US Green Building Council’s LEED 2009 New Construction Rating System.
During construction, a commitment was made to use as much locally produced materials as possible; preferred materials had recycled content. Spray foam insulation and fiberglass batts installed in the ceiling and walls resulted in a high R-value, a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it, and reduced air leakage in and out of the building.
A radiant heat system was installed. The size and positioning of the building’s many windows ensure ample natural daylight. Interior materials meet rigorous air quality standards. The drought-resistant landscaping and hard-surfaced areas were designed to help rainwater infiltrate into the ground rather than enter the city’s storm-sewer system.
Winston-Salem Caterpillar axle manufacturing plant
The new plant won a LEED Silver Certification based on conservation of energy and water; the amount of construction material sent to landfills; and operating costs.
The LEED certification is the first for Caterpillar involving a heavy manufacturing plant in the U.S., and at 850,000 square feet, it’s also the largest LEED Silver certified manufacturing plant in North Carolina. It is, however, Caterpillar’s 13th facilities around the world to have earned a LEED certification.
The Winston-Salem plant uses 25 percent less energy and 40 percent less water than comparable buildings without the improved sustainability features.
Mount Pleasant MUSC Health East Cooper Facility
The new MUSC Health East Cooper facility has earned LEED certification.
Mount Pleasant architectural firm, Stubbs Muldrow Herin, led the design team for the 84,000-square-foot Hungryneck Blvd. facility. The designers had two goals as they planned the project: One was to create an environment using materials that would promote healing. Secondly, a high efficiency ice storage HVAC system was incorporated, which lowers operational costs of the facility while providing exceptional internal environment.
It has free parking, a rooftop healing garden, medical concierge services and community room for events. Black Bean Co. Café will be located in the facility. The local restaurant focuses on healthy, locally grown dining choices.
Valparaiso University’s Fites Center
Valparaiso University’s Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification.
The Fites Engineering Innovation Center is one of only five buildings in Indiana, and the only higher education building in the state, to receive LEED Platinum certification.
Features include: Power partially generated by high-efficiency solar panels; lighting, heating and cooling controlled by occupancy sensors; water savings from waterless and low-flow fixtures; underground infiltrators and surface rain garden for storm water runoff; zero-maintenance landscaping with drought-tolerant native Indiana prairie grasses; and use of recycled materials.
Manchseter University College of Pharmacy
The Manchester University has received its first LEED Gold certification for the environmentally friendly design and construction of its Fort Wayne campus, College of Pharmacy.
The University adopted a policy in 2009 that all projects be planned sustainable practices and methods.
The Fort Wayne campus and College of Pharmacy structure were designed with energy-saving low-flow valves and faucets and high-performance insulation. Almost 32 percent of the construction used recycled materials and 35 percent of the purchased energy is renewable, or “green.” The project diverted 75 percent of its construction waste from landfills.
Almost half the Fort Wayne campus is vegetated, true green space. Even the storm water is captured and recirculated for cooling the two-story structure and watering the lawns, plants and trees. Drivers of fuel-efficient vehicles get the best parking spaces and the tobacco-free campus has a sheltered bicycle area. Public and private transportation are close at hand, as is a walking trail.
Monterey County Weekly Building
The US Green Business Council certified the Monterey County Weekly Building as LEED Platinum: Existing Building, the first existing commercial building to obtain the USGBC’s highest designation in Monterey County.
In 2007, 163 solar panels were installed on the roof to provide clean solar power to meet virtually all the electrical needs of the 30-person newsmedia office. That was a critical step towards LEED and ensured the building obtained the highest Energy Star rating.
The improvements during the LEED process included installation of more energy efficient lighting (fixtures and LED bulbs), new furnaces (with more BTU’s and cleaner emissions), new toilets and faucet emitters to reduce the water usage to the lowest levels possible, improved air quality, use of green materials in any construction/repairs (e.g. zero VOC paints when the building was repainted), reduction of garbage output, and a simultaneous increase in recycling.
University of Hong Kong Centennial Campus expansion
The University of Hong Kong’s new campus expansion has earned the highest rating for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in building design and operation and as a result becomes one of only three universities worldwide to achieve that goal.
The campus expansion features vertical wind turbines, miniature solar panels, and other renewable energy generators.
Its buildings use 30 percent less energy than typical buildings and the water it will save every year is enough to fill 30 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Illinois Holocaust Museum
On January 29, 2013, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center was awarded LEED Gold Certification.
Notably, the Illinois Holocaust Museum is just the second museum in the Chicago area to receive this distinguished certification since the Field Museum received the designation in 2000.
Designed by renowned architect Stanley Tigerman, the 65,000 square foot museum achieved LEED Gold certification for effective energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
Exel Distribution Center
Exel, part of the supply chain division of the global logistics leader DHL, announced that its 250,000-square-foot Logistics Without Borders distribution center in Laredo, Texas, has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The facility, which opened in October 2012, earned its LEED designation because of its environmentally responsible design elements and efficient operating systems including energy efficient lighting, sky lights, low-flow plumbing, a white roof system, storm water runoff containment, and a recycling program. All elements were designed to conserve energy and water, reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger Laredo community.